GORILLAZ: The Gorillaz Art Book (Z2 Comics) 06/17/22
PAUL MCCARTNEY: McCartney I II III Box Set 08/05/22
DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT: Cheat Codes (BMG) 08/12/22
BROKEN BELLS: INTO THE BLUE (AWAL)
DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT
“BECAUSE” VIDEO OUT NOW
Cheat Codes out August 12 via BMG
“The Roots MC kicks off the song by strolling through the luxurious, retro-soul Danger Mouse production, itself complemented by Cartilidge’s seemingly time-warped hook. Though the new track reveals more of the intriguing dynamic between its two main stars, it’s an even better demonstration of their abilities as team players while sharing the mic with younger, cypher-ready talent. The moment is not lost on the featured rappers either, and both verses confirm they recognize the rare opportunity of earning co-signs from two music legends.”
“Chock-full of dynamic, dextrous, lyrical ciphers and is another example of the chemistry between Danger Mouse and Black Thought….The song comes right on time for the summer and offers an array of stylings from the featured artists, over Danger Mouse’s signature retro slow-burning beats.”
“This new track is sure to have fans excited for more, and Danger Mouse and Black Thought are two legends who will always have anticipated releases.”
“Atlanta rapper Russ and New York darling Joey Bada$$ ease into the pressures of being on a track with two legends with dexterity, floating over the nostalgic groundwork set in place by Danger Mouse.”
“Because” the critically acclaimed and second “promising preview of Cheat Codes” (Stereogum) from Danger Mouse & Black Thought now has a new visual accompaniment.
Directed by UNCANNY, the video takes place through the eyes of a pedestrian within a 3D rendering of Times Square as the artists take over screens and billboards performing their verses. The single take music video features the collaborators in a mixture of real footage and AI altered imagery. Watch “Because” HERE
The highly anticipated full-length, Cheat Codes will be available worldwide on August 12th via BMG.
“WE’RE NOT IN ORBIT YET…”
FIRST OFFERING FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, INTO THE BLUE
It’s the wrong time to decelerate
We’re not in orbit yet
Broken Bells, the musical partnership of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins) are back with the first song from their third full-length album, INTO THE BLUE, coming soon via AWAL.
In the unique and unmistakable signature style that Broken Bells have perfected since their Grammy-nominated 2009 debut, “We’re Not In Orbit Yet…” conjures interstellar soundscapes via sublime melodies undercut with the slightest tinge of the sinister. As is Broken Bells’ wont, the song is both gorgeous and ominous, featuring quasi-hypnotic backing vocals that emulate the siren song of a master brainwasher. The band’s lush soundscapes complement its dark lyrics perfectly as always. It’s not the Shins, it’s not Danger Mouse, it’s Broken Bells.
An accompanying music video featuring Broken Bells’ cosmic imagery and ominous sci-fi visuals was directed by Johnny Chew and can be viewed here: https://brokenbells.ffm.to/orbitvideo
Full details of INTO THE BLUE are shortly forthcoming.
Gonna make new tracks
as we turn our backs on the stars
“Stay where you are”
Photo by Shervin Lainez & Nikki Fenix
‘CRACKER ISLAND ft. Thundercat’
A new dawn is coming. Cracker Island (ft. Thundercat) — an energetic, upbeat firecracker from Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D —is out today, featuring the virtuosic bassist, mercurial talent and twice-Grammy winner Thundercat and with production courtesy of eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz, and Remi Kabaka Jr.Listen here.
The world’s biggest virtual band have relocated to Silverlake, California where it turns out that the answer to life’s question – the one truth to fix the world – is to invite fans to join ‘The Last Cult’, with Murdoc as its self-appointed Great Leader.
2D said “It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet.”
The Gorillaz World Tour 2022 which started in South America earlier in the year continued at Primavera to ecstatic crowds and travels on throughout Europe, and to Australia for the band’s first visit in 12 years, before one-off shows in London at All Points East on 19th August and Dublin’s 3Arena on 17th August and on to the US in October. Full dates below.
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Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.
THE TAYLOR HAWKINS TRIBUTE CONCERTS
ADDITIONAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY AT 9AM LOCAL TIME
September 3 at Wembley Stadium
September 27 at The Kia Forum
Foo Fighters and the Hawkins Family are happy to welcome the following newly added guest artists to The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.
London at Wembley Stadium: John Paul Jones, Alain Johannes, Nandi Bushell, Nile Rodgers, Krist Novoselic, Greg Kurstin and a special appearance by Chris Rock
Los Angeles at The Kia Forum: P!NK, LeAnn Rimes, John Paul Jones, Alain Johannes, Nancy Wilson, Krist Novoselic and Greg Kurstin
More guest artists to be announced!
Tickets for both concert events are on sale today at 9:00AM local time
London tickets: https://foofighters.lnk.to/THUK22
Los Angeles tickets: https://foofighters.lnk.to/THCA22
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will benefit charities in both the UK and the US chosen by the Hawkins family. Beneficiaries and further details will be announced shortly.
McCartney I II III Box Set
Paul’s three iconic solo albums (McCartney, McCartney II and McCartney III) available together for the first time as a limited edition box set – August 5th, 2022
Written, performed and produced entirely by Paul McCartney, his three eponymous career-spanning solo albums (1970’s McCartney, 1980’s McCartney II, and 2020’s McCartney III) will now be packaged together and available in one special box set for the first time.
McCartney I II III box set will be available in three different formats – Limited Edition Color Vinyl, Black Vinyl Edition and CD – each including three special photo prints with notes from Paul about each album. The newly created box set cover art and typography for the slipcase are by Ed Ruscha. To pre-order McCartney I II III, please click HERE.
Bookending 50 years of unparalleled work, each album demonstrates Paul McCartney’s restless creativity and adventurous artistic spirit. McCartney, the Number One Album was Paul’s first solo album released in 1970 and features timeless tracks “Every Night”, and “Junk,” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed”. This album saw a global music superstar pioneer a novel homespun approach to recording that would in time become a sought-after sound, and the highly influential precursor to the “lo-fi” alternative genre.
Just as McCartney marked the end of an era with Paul’s first release after leaving the biggest band in history, Paul did it again in 1980, this time signaling the end of 70s rock giants Wings. Taking a fresh approach to things, Paul wrote, performed, and produced the avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II, which reached Number One in the UK, and Number 3 in the US producing such classics as “Coming Up,” “Waterfalls,” and “Temporary Secretary”.
With McCartney III Paul went back to basics again to create some of his most revealing work to date. Released in December 2020, just two years after Paul’s Billboard-topping Egypt Station album, “Rockdown” saw Paul turn unexpected time on his hands into an opportunity to get into the studio on his own. An intimate and loose record featuring “Find My Way” and the now live favorite “Women and Wives,” McCartney III features Paul’s melodic gift at its forefront throughout. Upon release, McCartney III charted at Number One on the UK’s Official Album Charts and Number One on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.
In an unrivaled career Paul has always been willing to take risks and have fun along the way – his musical projects have included classical albums, electronic albums, ballet scores, writing for video games, and left-field collaborations — along the way breaking chart records, box office records, winning countless awards and remaining one of the world’s most influential and revered artists of all time. McCartney, McCartney II and McCartney III captured and documented landmark moments of his singular career, each offering a personal snapshot of a unique artist at a particular moment in time.
Paul will headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday 25th June.
Slipcase cover art and typography by Ed Ruscha (all formats)
1) Limited Edition Color Vinyl
· Three-disc 180g audiophile vinyl set (McCartney – clear, McCartney II -white and McCartney III – creamy white vinyl)
· Three x 8 x 10” photo prints with introductions from Paul
2) Limited Edition Black Vinyl Edition
· 180g audiophile vinyl set
· Three x 8 x 10” photo prints with introductions from Paul
· Limited Edition three-disc set
· Three photo prints with introductions from Paul
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© Paul McCartney / Mary McCartney
THE TAYLOR HAWKINS TRIBUTE CONCERTS
FOO FIGHTERS TO BE JOINED BY
CHRIS CHANEY, STEWART COPELAND, MILEY CYRUS**, LIAM GALLAGHER*, OMAR HAKIM, JOSHUA HOMME, CHRISSIE HYNDE*, JOAN JETT**, GEDDY LEE, ALEX LIFESON, BRIAN MAY, ALANIS MORISSETTE**, MARK RONSON, GENE SIMMONS**, NIKKI SIXX**, CHAD SMITH**, LUKE SPILLER**, SUPERGRASS*, ROGER TAYLOR, RUFUS TAYLOR, JON THEODORE**, WOLFGANG VAN HALEN, BRAD WILK**, PAT WILSON** & A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY CHEVY METAL!
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
September 3 at Wembley Stadium (*Appearing in London Only)
September 27 at The Kia Forum (**Appearing in Los Angeles Only)
Foo Fighters Together with the Hawkins Family Present Two Global Events Celebrating the Memory & Music of a Rock Legend
The first wave of confirmed guests to join The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in celebration of the life, music and love of one of modern music’s most beloved figures has been confirmed.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will feature the likes of Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Joan Jett, Mark Ronson, members of Queen, The Police, Rush, Kiss, The Pretenders, Motley Crue, Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Supergrass, a special appearance by Dave Chappelle (in the UK only) and Chevy Metal, plus more to be announced — playing the songs that Taylor loved and created, with and alongside his FF brothers Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
The two all-star global events in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon will take place September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles. For specific lineups — and to sign up to receive information on updates, timings, ticketing links and on sale dates — go to https://www.foofighters.com/.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will benefit charities in both the UK and the US chosen by the Hawkins family. Beneficiaries and further details will be announced shortly.
THOM YORKE, JONNY GREENWOOD & TOM SKINNER
DEBUT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2022
First Ever U.S. & Canada Dates On Sale To The Public From June 17
A LIGHT FOR ATTRACTING ATTENTION
OUT NOW DIGITALLY
AVAILABLE ON CD AND VINYL FORMATS JUNE 17TH
With their current UK/Europe tour underway — including a recent UK performance described by Clash magazine as “a masterclass and a privilege to behold” — The Smile has expanded its 2022 tour to include an extensive North American run.
Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale to the general public from June 17. A full listing of North American tour dates is below. For further information, pre-sales, etc., go to thesmiletheband.com.
Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner’s first tour of the U.S. and Canada as The Smile comes in support of the new band’s debut album, A Light for Attracting Attention, which was released digitally May 13 (and will be available in physical formats June 17th), via XL Recordings to unanimous accolades including:
“… a leaner take on Radiohead’s longstanding thoughts of alienation and malaise, pushing rhythm into the foreground”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“… a remarkably assured debut… The Smile contain multitudes.”
“Alternately combats the horrors of modern life with roiling anger and Zen-like serenity.”
“Some of the songwriters’ most easily enjoyable music in years”
“A most welcome vibe flip from musicians who absolutely refuse to shy away from the unknown.”
“Sounds impeccable, perfectly balancing the delicacies of Greenwood’s circular, minor-key licks and Yorke’s choir-boy trilling with the more bombastic elements of the orchestra and brass sections… Skinner is too good of a drummer to be reduced to mere sideman… His spirited syncopations echo throughout the record, giving the music a relentless pull even when the music slows to an atmospheric, piano-based crawl.”
“… an exceptional record… inhabiting a sound world of its own.”
—WALL STREET JOURNAL
Produced by Nigel Godrich and featuring additional critically acclaimed singles “You Will Never Work In Television Again,” “Skrting On The Surface,” “Pana-vision,” “Free In The Knowledge” and “Thin Thing,” A Light For Attracting Attention features strings by the London Contemporary Orchestra and a full brass section of contemporary UK jazz players including Byron Wallen, Theon and Nathaniel Cross, Chelsea Carmichael, Robert Stillman and Jason Yarde. The Smile began their 2022 European tour on May 16th in Croatia with UK dates in London, Edinburgh, and Manchester, before heading back into Europe, finishing their headline shows in Taormina, Sicily, on July 20thand with a final UK date in London’s All Points East on 28th August.
North American Tour 2022
Mon Nov 14 – Providence, RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Wed Nov 16 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Fri Nov 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Sun Nov 20 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein
Wed Nov 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Fri Nov 25 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Sat Nov 26 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Mon Nov 28 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre –
Tue Nov 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Thu Dec 01 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Sat Dec 03 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Sun Dec 04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
Tue Dec 06 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre
Thu Dec 08 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
Sat Dec 10 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Wed Dec 14 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Fri Dec 16 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
Sun Dec 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Wed Dec 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Together with the Hawkins Family
THE TAYLOR HAWKINS TRIBUTE CONCERTS
Two Global Events Celebrating the Memory & Music of a Rock Legend
September 3 at Wembley Stadium
September 27 at The Kia Forum
Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.
As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.
The all-star rock and roll shows will take place September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
The lineups for each show will be announced shortly. Sign up to receive information on timings, ticketing links and on sale dates at https://www.foofighters.com/.
Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, first appearing with the band on the tour supporting sophomore album The Colour & The Shape. He made his recorded debut with Foo Fighters with 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose, playing on every subsequent FF album, including One By One, In Your Honor (the first FF album to feature him assuming lead vocal duties on his song “Cold Day In The Sun”), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Wasting Light, Sonic Highways, Concrete & Gold (also featuring him as lead singer on “Sunday Rain”) and Medicine at Midnight. As a member of Foo Fighters, Taylor was a 15-time GRAMMY Award winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He lived and loved music to an insatiable degree, with Foo Fighters as well as his numerous solo and side projects and collaborations.
DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT
CHEAT CODES OUT AUGUST 12TH
“BECAUSE” FEAT. JOEY BADA$$, RUSS AND DYLAN CARTLIDGE
SINGLE OUT NOW
“The mere news of a Black Thought album would’ve been enough to draw buzz, but the fact that he’s linking up with superproducer Danger Mouse for his solo sophomore effort should excite any hip-hop head.”
From one of the most anticipated albums in recent history — “It may be premature to expect this album to save hip-hop, but we should expect it regardless” (EARMILK) — Dynamic duo Danger Mouse & Black Thought “bring their A-game” (PASTE) with summer jam “Because (feat. Joey Bada$$, Russ, and Dylan Cartlidge),” the second track to be released from their collaborative debut album, Cheat Codes.
Packed with irresistible cyphers, “Because” is yet another prime example of the unmistakable chemistry between Danger Mouse and Black Thought, following the highly lauded release of debut single “No Gold Teeth” — a banger that HIPHOPDX observed “not only flexes Danger Mouse’s creativity as a producer, but the always impressive bars of Black Thought, a rapper who has remained consistently excellent.”
An early contender for song of the summer, “Because” cuts deeper still with hypnotic, dextrous lines courtesy of Joey Bada$$ and Russ, while Danger Mouse’s signature retro-infused beats provide a slinky slow-burning foundation perfectly complemented and completed by Black Thought’s urgent politically charged flow, and — no, that’s not a sample — an undeniable vocal hook by Dylan Cartlidge.
Joey Bada$$ said, “I’ve always been a big fan of Black Thought and Danger Mouse. I think Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers ever, so when they asked me to get on this record, it was a no-brainer, plus the record is fire! I still remember the first time I heard “You Got Me” the video was shot on my great-grandmother’s block and I was actually there that day when I was a child. It changed the way I looked at music. I’m very honored to be a part of this track. We’re making history!”
While Russ added, “Being able to collaborate with one of the greatest lyricists of all time is an honor and to do it in unison with Danger Mouse is something I’m just really proud to be a part of.”
Cheat Codes, the collaborative debut from Danger Mouse and Black Thought, is out August 12 via BMG.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Danger Mouse and email@example.com for Black Thought.
#1 BILLBOARD ALBUM SALES IN THE U.S.
#1 TOP ROCK ALBUM, #1 TOP ALTERNATIVE, #1 VINYL SALES
#1 ALBUM IN THE UK, IRELAND & THE NETHERLANDS
TOP 5 ALBUM SALES IN CANADA, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY & SWITZERLAND
MULTIPLE SOLD OUT SHOWS WORLDWIDE
2ND NIGHTS ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND
WE OUT NOW ON COLUMBIA RECORDS
Photo credit: María José Govea
Arcade Fire’s “new 40-minute opus of intimate depth and profound candor” (VARIETY) has stormed the charts to bring home the #1 on Billboard’s Top U.S. Albums Sales, #1 in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, plus Top 5 positions in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland. The album has also topped the U.S. Rock, Alternative and Vinyl Billboard charts.
Arcade Fire’s triumphant release week saw the band return to Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a special performance at the 51st Annual JUNO Awards. At the galaxy wide unveiling of the first ever images of the monster black hole Sagittarius A* by the European Southern Observatory, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne performed their own gentle giant “End Of The Empire IV (Sagittarius A).”
WE’s release coincided with the announcement of Arcade Fire’s autumn world tour and a frenzy of excitement from fans resulting in several shows selling out within minutes. Following a triumphant run of surprise shows that “brought New York City back to life” (SPIN), the WE world tour marks the long-awaited “poignant return” (Pitchfork) of the full production Arcade Fire experience to global stages, launching in Dublin on Tuesday, 30th August and running through 1st December in Toronto. The UK leg of the WE tour – featuring special guest Feist – will kick off in Birmingham on 2nd September. North America will be treated to very special guest Beck playing a nightly acoustic set, starting 28th October in Washington D.C.
For tour tickets and further information, visit www.arcadefire.com
Arcade Fire has partnered with PLUS1 (http://www.plus1.org) so that $1/£1/€1 per ticket goes to KANPE (http://www.kanpe.org), and their work bringing support to the most vulnerable communities in Haiti.
Tour Dates 2022
08/30/22 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena *
08/31/22 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena *
09/02/22 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena Birmingham *
09/03/22 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena *
09/05/22 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro *
09/08/22 – London, UK – O2 Arena *
09/11/22 – Lille, FR – Zenith *
09/12/22 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis *
09/14/22 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena *
09/15/22 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena *
09/17/22 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum *
09/18/22 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle *
09/21/22 – Madrid, ES – WiZink Center *
09/22/22 – Lisbon, PT – Campo Pequeno *
09/23/22 – Lisbon, PT – Campo Pequeno *
09/25/22 – Bordeaux, FR – Arkea Arena *
09/26/22 – Nantes, FR – Zenith *
09/28/22 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome *
09/29/22 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes Benz Arena *
10/01/22 – Warsaw, PL – Torwar *
10/28/22 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^ (Sold Out)
10/29/22 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^
11/01/22 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion ^
11/04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center ^
11/08/22 – Boston, MA – MGM Fenway Music Hall ^ (Sold Out)
11/09/22 – Boston, MA – MGM Fenway Music Hall ^
11/10/22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena ^
11/12/22 – Chicago, IL – United Center ^
11/13/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory ^
11/16/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum ^
11/19/22 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^ (Sold Out)
11/20/22 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^
11/22/22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena ^
11/25/22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena ^
11/27/22 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place ^
12/01/22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena ^
* with special guest Feist
^ with special guest Beck (acoustic)
NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR
Featuring Special Guests Mastodon
Tickets On Sale May 20 at 10am Local Time at https://found.ee/Ghost_Tour
“Call Me Little Sunshine” #1 at Rock Radio
New Ghost Webisode Chapter 11: Family Dinner Live Now at https://found.ee/Ghost_Chapter11
Children of North America, rejoice… GHOST will once again bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live ritual to North America for the next leg of its globally dominating IMPERATOUR. The North American IMPERATOUR will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning Swedish theatrical rock band headlining 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada (plus an appearance at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Fest), kicking off August 26 at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena and running through September 23 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The newly announced dates will comprise Ghost’s first North American run since the March 11, 2022 release of its fifth album IMPERA via Loma Vista Recordings. As reported by THE LOS ANGELES TIMES in a Calendar cover story, Ghost “conquered metal and the charts” as IMPERA debuted at #1 in a sweep of the U.S. album charts, entering the BILLBOARD 200 at #2 with first week sales of nearly 70,000. Internationally, IMPERA bowed at #1 in the band’s native Sweden as well as Germany and Finland, while cracking the top 5 in the UK (#2), Netherlands (#2), Belgium (#2), Canada (#3), Australia (#3), France (#5), Ireland (#5), and more. Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace — and featuring “Spillways”—hailed as a “sweetly constructed rock tune” by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the Billboard Rock Chart (BDS) #1 charting “Call Me Little Sunshine,” and Active Rock #1 radio single “Hunter’s Moon” — IMPERA finds Ghost transported centuries forward from the Black Plague era of its previous album, 2018 Best Rock Album GRAMMY® nominee Prequelle—or as ROLLING STONE put it, “Ghost predicted the pandemic, Now the metal band is foretelling the fall of empires.” The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon: Over the course of IMPERA’s 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made… All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other — yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.
The announcement of IMPERATOUR’s North American swing completes a perfect storm of Ghost mania, coinciding with this week’s ascension of “Call Me Little Sunshine” to the top of the Rock Radio chart and the unveiling of Chapter 11: Family Dinner, the newest installment of Ghost’s long-running narrative series of webisodes. In this next chapter, we find Papa Emeritus IV, having returned to the Ministry, joining Sister Imperator, Mr. Saltarian, and the spirit of Papa Nihil for a meal of Chinese takeout. To take your seat at the reunion dinner, go HERE.
Support on all dates (with the exception of Green Bay which will feature support from Carcass, and the Blue Ridge Rock Fest) will come from GRAMMY® Award-winning band Mastodon, who have quietly evolved into one of the most influential, inimitable, and iconic rock bands of the modern era. Since emerging in 2000, the Atlanta quartet have defied both sonic and thematic boundaries with an uncategorizable, undeniable, and uncompromising vision unlike anything else in music. This vision manifested over the course of canonical albums such as Leviathan, which landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Following the seminal Crack The Skye [named one of the best albums of 2009 by Time], they earned three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with The Hunter , Once More ‘Round the Sun , and Emperor of Sand . Out of six career nominations, they received a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for “Sultan’s Curse.” They are the rare creative force whose music can be felt everywhere from Game of Thrones, Adult Swim, The History Channel, and DC comics films to Coachella and Bonnaroo. They notably supported the Hirschberg Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research with a rendition of “Stairway To Heaven” in honor of late manager Nick John. The group reached another critical high watermark via their ninth full-length, Hushed and Grim. Featuring the GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Pushing The Tides,” it marked the band’s third straight #1 bow on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart. It concluded 2021 on over a dozen year-end lists with Rolling Stone raving, “we get everything from some of the band’s hookiest rockers to date to some of their most awe-inspiring epics.” Evolving as they usher rock into new realms, they forever remain the same unpredictable trailblazing beast—Mastodon.
Tickets for Ghost’s North American IMPERATOUR will be on sale from May 20 at 10am local time at https://found.ee/Ghost_Tour. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 18 at 12pm local time through Thursday, May 19 at 10pm local time.
See below for a complete list of dates. For more information, including details re: limited VIP packages, go to www.ghost-official.com
North America 2022
Fri Aug 26 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena San Diego
Sat Aug 27 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center Arena
Tue Aug 30 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Wed Aug 31 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
Fri Sep 2 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena
Sat Sep 3 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena
Sun Sep 4 – Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
Tue Sep 6 – Tampa, FL – Yuengling Arena
Thu Sep 8 – Danville, VA – BLUE RIDGE ROCK FEST*
Fri Sep 9 – Trenton, NJ – CURE Insurance Arena
Sat Sep 10 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
Mon Sep 12 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
Tue Sep 13 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
Thu Sep 15 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Fri Sep 16 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
Sat Sep 17 – Toronto, ON – Coca Cola Coliseum
Mon Sep 19 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
Tue Sep 20 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Wed Sep 21 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Arena
Fri Sep 23 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center**
*Ghost and Spiritbox only
**Ghost, Spiritbox and special guest Carcass
Tickets On Sale Friday, May 20 at 10am Local Time
Gorillaz has confirmed an historic, rare and not to be missed North American tour. The tour, produced by Live Nation, is Gorillaz’ first Stateside trip since the 2018 trek that concluded with the inaugural Demon Dayz Festival L.A., described by UPROXX as “truly something special to see,” and is the band’s only planned North American outing on the horizon. The world’s most successful virtual act will once again be brought to life by Damon Albarn and the 14-piece Gorillaz live band — aided and abetted by a varying cast of guest performers — for a series of 21 unique and unforgettable arena dates across the U.S. and Canada (plus a previously announced headline appearance at the Life Is Beautiful festival) beginning September 11 in Vancouver, BC and wrapping up on October 23 in Miami, FL.
The Gorillaz live experience hailed by ROLLING STONE as “an overwhelming pop spectacle, with Damon Albarn’s steady presence to keep the audience focused” draws on 20+ years of genre-bending, paradigm-shifting, consistently innovative musical brilliance. Since their creation at the hands of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs have amassed an unparalleled arsenal of classic tunes including “Clint Eastwood,” “Tomorrow Comes Today,” “19-2000,” “Feel Good Inc.,” “DARE,” “Dirty Harry,” “Kids With Guns,” “El Mañana,” “Stylo,” “Superfast Jellyfish,” “On Melancholy Hill,” “Saturnz Barz,” “Andromeda,” “Strobelite,” “Humility,” “Hollywood,” “Tranz,” “Momentary Bliss,” “Désolé,” “Aries,” “Strange Timez,” “The Pink Phantom,” and literally dozens more. The BRIT and GRAMMY Award winning band’s albums include Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine – Season One: Strange Timez (2020). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor. The band is recognized by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.
Gorillaz is currently bringing its spontaneous globe-trekking carnival to stages from South America to Europe, on its current 2022 World Tour. The Fall 2022 dates comprise its only currently planned visit to North America. Support from Vancouver through Atlanta will come from EARTHGANG, while Jungle will support in Orlando and Miami.
Sun Sep 11 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Mon Sep 12 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Wed Sep 14 – Portland, OR –Moda Center
Sat Sep 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Festival
Mon Sep 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Wed Sep 21 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Fri Sep 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum
Mon Sep 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Wed Sep 28 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Fri Sep 30 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Sat Oct 01 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mon Oct 03 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Wed Oct 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Thu Oct 06 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Oct 08 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Tue Oct 11 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Wed Oct 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Fri Oct 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Mon Oct 17 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed Oct 19 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater
Fri Oct 21 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sun Oct 23 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
EARTHGANG supports September 11 through October 19
Jungle supports October 21 and 23
OH, INVERTED WORLD – THE 21ST BIRTHDAY TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 20
The Shins are bringing their classic 2001 debut album Oh, Inverted World to life in its entirety with a 21st Birthday Tour this summer. Beginning on July 12th in San Francisco, the band will embark on a two month tour of North America performing the landmark album from start to finish — plus a nightly rotation of additional fan favorites and deep cuts. The “low-key masterpiece” (The New York Times) will celebrate 21 years since its arrival on June 19, 2001.
James Mercer’s injection of emotional sincerity and melodic ambition redefined the indie rock paradigm at the dawn of the 21st century — and Oh, Inverted World sounds every bit as fresh, honest and expansive as it did then. Upon its original release over two decades ago, Oh, Inverted World was quickly praised by The New York Times as “a beguiling but confounding little album that wasn’t as little as it first seemed.” Today, Billboard agrees, “Twenty years later, the sound of Mercer’s sublime vocals over tranquil acoustic guitar is just as affecting.”
“Everything was so tongue-in-cheek in the indie world of the ’90s,” Mercer says today. “I remember feeling a longing for some sort of romance in music again, something earnest, like a real attempt at some emotional language.”
Reissued last year in a 20th anniversary edition remastered by Bob Ludwig, Oh, Inverted World is one of those rare masterworks that remains as concise as it is vital, with not an iota of filler. Mercer says of Oh, Inverted World, “This record symbolized a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure.” Their debut full length, caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. The record packs 11 tracks into barely over 30 minutes, including gems like “New Slang,” “Caring Is Creepy,” “Girl Inform Me”—every one of which “became defining touchstones of millennial indie rock.” (Entertainment Weekly).
With support from Portland sister trio Joseph, the tour will make stops at iconic venues like Red Rocks, Radio City Music Hall and the Ryman Auditorium, ending at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10AM local time but you can register now for the Oh, Inverted World 21st Birthday Tour presale at www.ohinvertedworldtour.com to get access to tickets in most markets before they go on sale to the general public.
Some bakers at dawn whipped up this birthday cake to celebrate. Enjoy a slice!
OH, INVERTED WORLD – THE 21ST BIRTHDAY TOUR
07/12/22 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield ^
07/15/22 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium ^
07/16/22 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery* ^
07/22/22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas ^
07/23/22 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre ^
07/24/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre ^
07/26/22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
07/27/22 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland ^
07/29/22 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
08/01/22 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall ^
08/02/22 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum ^
08/04/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium ^
08/06/22 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater ^
08/16/22 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern ^
08/17/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium ^
08/19/22 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^
08/20/22 – Richmond, VA – The National ^
08/23/22 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
08/26/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann ^
08/27/22 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner ^
08/29/22 – Montreal, QC – L’Olympia ^
08/30/22 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall ^
08/31/22 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre ^
09/02/22 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora ^
09/03/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE ^
09/04/22 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live! ^
09/06/22 – Saint Louis, MO – The Factory ^
09/08/22 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre ^
09/10/22 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre ^
09/13/22 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre ^
09/14/22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre ^
09/16/22 – Portland, OR – Pioneer Courthouse Square**
*On Sale Date TBA
^ With special guest Joseph
**Support Act TBA
Danger Mouse & Black Thought – two of contemporary music’s most exciting, respected artists – have announced their forthcoming joint album, Cheat Codes, out 12th August via BMG.
Cheat Codes is Danger Mouse’s first hip-hop album since his DANGERDOOM collaboration with the late, great MF DOOM, and follows Black Thought’s pioneering output with The Roots and critically acclaimed solo trilogy, Streams Of Thought.
Cheat Codes features various friends and peers of the duo, including; A$AP Rocky, Run The Jewels, MF DOOM, Michael Kiwanuka, Joey Bada$$, Russ, Raekwon and Conway the Machine.
Official news of the project, initially rumored to be called Dangerous Thoughts, ends years of anticipation and speculation.
Opening single, No Gold Teeth, is out now https://DMxBT.lnk.to/NoGoldTeethPR
Danger Mouse’s soulful, freewheeling music serves as the perfect setting for Black Thought’s metronomic, pin-sharp and chorus-free lyrical deluge, giving listeners a thrilling glimpse of what’s in store from the album. The accompanying video for No Gold Teeth – directed by UNCANNY, the UK-based creative duo of George Muncey and Elliot Elder – is a visually hypnotic collage of machine learning-created images.
Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) is one of the most versatile and prolific talents in modern-day music. His wide-ranging endeavors include; Broken Bells and Gnarls Barkley, collaborative albums with Karen O and MF DOOM; plus production for Adele, U2, The Black Keys, Gorillaz, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Kiwanuka, Parquet Courts, and many more. Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) is simply one of the best rappers alive. Co-founder of The Roots and an accomplished solo artist, plus a film and theatre actor, producer and writer.
Together, these multiple Grammy winners make a formidable duo. Meticulously built over several years, Cheat Codes finds Burton taking widescreen, soul-infused hip-hop soundscapes to new heights, whilst Black Thought’s incredible lyricism, razor-sharp rapping and raw hunger are somehow more commanding and thrilling than ever. It’s this unique alchemy and ability to raise each other’s game that makes Cheat Codes more than just the sum of its parts, and much more than typical producer-meets-rapper arrangement or side project.
Burton and Trotter first met back in 2005. The pair worked on some songs together, time went by, life happened, other things came up.
Following The Grey Album, Burton became one of the most in-demand and prolific producers around helming several commercial smashes, picking up awards and accolades, developing collaborations with a unique spectrum of artists, and all the while honing his own musicianship and writing skills. Meanwhile, Trotter’s groundbreaking group The Roots became the house band for Late Night then The Tonight Show; he created and released his critically acclaimed solo trilogy, Streams of Thought; wrote, composed and starred in the widely praised off-Broadway show, Black No More; co-produced a television series with Questlove, and collaborated with Eminem, John Legend, Pusha T, Griselda and others.
Each mistakenly thought the other had moved on and their collaboration had died on the vine, but truthfully neither ever stopped wanting to work together.
Then everything changed. Burton felt an instinctive pull to go back to his roots (no pun intended), to make a timeless hip-hop album and knew Tariq was the only rapper capable of fulfilling that vision. Simultaneously, Trotter was seeking a space where he could express himself musically beyond the confines and structure of his own band. This time around, Burton was a far more seasoned songwriter and producer, Trotter a more extraordinary rapper. So, setting aside all distractions, Burton played Trotter some new music and the ideas and words flowed. It was liberating.
Danger Mouse & Black Thought by UNCANNY
THE SMILE REVEAL STOP-MOTION ANIMATED VIDEO FOR THEIR BRAND-NEW SINGLE “THIN THING”
TRACK IS TAKEN FROM THE BAND’S UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM A LIGHT FOR ATTRACTING ATTENTION, OUT THIS FRIDAY MAY 13th
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
The Smile have today released their brand-new, stop-motion animated video for “Thin Thing,” taken from the band’s upcoming debut album A Light For Attracting Attention, which is out this Friday May 13th digitally and June 17th physically, via XL Recordings. Watch the video here.
The video was directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña and took the pair six months to make. Speaking about the video, they say:
“Hearing the song for the first time, we imagined a frenetic fluid that carries machines, pieces of human bodies and carnivorous plants. When presenting the idea to the band, Thom told us about a dream that made him write the song. We believe the video is the conjunction of these two things.”
Produced by Nigel Godrich, A Light For Attracting Attention features strings by the London Contemporary Orchestra and a full brass section of contemporary UK jazz players including Byron Wallen, Theon and Nathaniel Cross, Chelsea Carmichael, Robert Stillman and Jason Yarde.
The Smile, comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, have previously released the singles You Will Never Work in Television Again, The Smoke, Skrting On The Surface, Pana-vision and Free In The Knowledge to critical acclaim. In January the band played three consecutive sold-out live shows over a 24- hour period in London. These shows were simultaneously livestreamed to a worldwide audience.
The band begin their 2022 European tour on May 16th in Croatia and will be performing UK dates in London, Edinburgh, and Manchester, before heading back into Europe, with a final performance in Taormina, Sicily, on July 20th. The dates include a performance at Down The Rabbit Hole festival in the Netherlands on July 2nd and the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 12th.
Photo Credit: Alex Lake
“UNCONDITIONAL I (LOOKOUT KID)” VIDEO LIVE NOW
APPEARING ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON MAY 12
NEW ALBUM WE OUT NOW
“‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’ is the kind of music the world needs.” —FLOOD
Following its triumphant live network television debut this weekend on Saturday Night Live, “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” is the second video from Arcade Fire’s “excellent sixth album” (The New Yorker), WE, released May 6 via Columbia Records.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and edited by Affonso Gonçalves (Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground), “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” channels the “soulful, jubilant outpouring” (Stereogum) of the “joyful anthem” (SPIN) into a rich visual tapestry of youthful innocence and mischief amidst environmental tumult. Zeitlin’s approach employs fragmented images revolving around a set of thematic ideas — youth, loneliness, pleasure, pain — all converging around unconditional love, and all using wind as the central visual mechanism. The wind is captured at its most destructive and frustrating, but ultimately as building toward an understanding that, like all forces of nature, when we accept and love them they can elevate us. “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” intersperses this imagery with glimpses of Arcade Fire performing the song at its recent New Orleans and Coachella performances—all this and a supporting cast of inflatable air dancers can be seen HERE.
With its fifth SNL now in the rear view— the band having delivered stunning performances of “The Lightning I, II” and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” — Arcade Fire will make its second U.S. network TV appearance in support of WE this Thursday, May 12 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
WE’s May 6 release coincided with the announcement of Arcade Fire’s fall world tour. The WE arena tour will bring the full production of Arcade Fire’s “must-see live act” (Variety) experience to global stages, launching in Dublin on Tuesday, August 30th and running through December 1st in Toronto. The North American leg of the WE tour — featuring very special guest Beck playing a nightly acoustic set — will kick off October 28th in Washington D.C., while Europe will include special guest Feist for all shows.
For further information, visit www.arcadefire.com