From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s estseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a reakneck, realitybending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger
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Welcome to the world of the Sunset Society, a secret organization in Hollywood where parties are held, musicians gather and blood flows freely! Ace (Lemmy from Motorhead) is the head vampire in charge who likes to keep the fun going while keeping the profile low. However, due to a few rebels in his midst, humans are starting to catch on to his vampire ways. In an attempt to keep a lid on his organization, Ace enlists the help of Frankie (Ron Jeremy), Sophia (Phoebe Dollar), and Mr. Cross (Robert Donavan) to stop the leak of information. An innocent woman is turned into a vampire without permission and she is starting to cause problems. A streetwalker has recorded a DVD of real vampire activity on the Sunset Strip and is now selling the disc on the street to the highest bidder. And Dagger, a disgruntled vampire, wants to try to live as a human again no matter what the cost. Everyone is now in danger as passions get out of control, bodies are invaded and loyalties are put to the limit. Between blood orgies and magic spells, Ace has his hands full but can even he stop the secret of his underground society from getting out to the public at large and who will survive the wrath of the unknown vengeful stranger now stalking all the vampires for revenge?! Nobody is quite what they seem when the sun goes down in this land of dreams and nightmares. SUNSET SOCIETY - is a fresh take on the vampire lore. Loaded with rocking songs, sexy girls, and Lemmy's final starring performance, get ready for a horrific and bloody adventure where music, animation, and legends come together and live forever! Bonus features include: Includes 'Etched' 7inch vinyl single, CD audio soundtrack, standard definition DVD in package!
This special edition release features legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister as Ace, the head vampire who stalks the streets of Hollywood with his brood of fellow night crawlers played in the film by Tracii Guns (of L.A. Guns), Dizzy Reed (of Guns N Roses), Ron Jeremy and Steve-O of Jackass. This special film is being released in a deluxe Collector s Edition package that features both a Blu-ray and DVD of the film plus a CD soundtrack featuring music by Lemmy, Stephen Pearcy (of Ratt), Leather Strip, Dazed Morrow, Jurgen Engler (from Die Krupps), Jyrki 69 (of The 69 Eyes) and more. Each of these limited edition packages comes with a sequentially-numbered Certificates of Authenticity and a 7'' vinyl available in colored vinyl!
The seven-track release from the rapper was streamed live from Wyoming and featured guest appearances from 070 Shake, DeJ Loaf, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Ty Dolla $ign, Valee and Charlie Wilson.
Ty Segall and White Fence are AS ONE again. Six years after their fun favorite "Hair" collaboration, and jeez, almost four years after Ty produced the last White Fence record "For the Recently Found Innocent", they're back at it. But the second time around, it's no Hair 2 - Joy is its own reward. Tim Presley and Ty take it up a notch, with fifteen wild tracks that share space in a effortless fashion, dispersing doses of the fabled vintage obsessions, but threading them together instead with their own sound of today. Joy, indeed!
Home and the people who make it have captivated Lori McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town s Girl Crush and penning Tim McGraw s no. 1 Humble and Kind solo. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree is her much-anticipated eleventh studio album. Produced by Dave Cobb, The Tree takes one of McKenna s signature themes family and builds a tapestry of experiences she has lived and overheard, been told and dreamed up, to create a stunning ode to life s defining relationships.
HIVE MIND is the new album from THE INTERNET, and is the follow up to 2015's critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated album Ego Death. With this new album, THE INTERNET present enormous growth in their creative chemistry and prove they are a five-person force whose singular talents created one phenomenal whole. The album is written and produced entirely by THE INTERNET - Syd (vocalist/songwriter), Matt Martians (producer), Steve Lacy (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter), Patrick Paige II (songwriter/bassist), and Christopher Smith (songwriter/drummer). And it is with a sense of togetherness - not just for them, but for everyone - that the band chose to highlight as a major theme for Hive Mind. "After making a few songs we realized that we really want to use this album to live by example and promote camaraderie amongst young black people," Syd reveals. "We realized that we're the only band of our kind. And we want to really solidify ourselves as that, as the best." With the chaos of the current world considered, all of THE INTERNET wanted to champion good feelings and the joy of following your heart and passions, in addition to using their own positive relationships and experiences to inspire their community. The band unearthed an even deeper purpose as they collaborated on HIVE MIND. The result is not just one of the greatest records in the band s already phenomenal catalogue, but is easily one of the best albums of 2018, from five amazing people already leaving an indelible mark on pop music.
NAV to release CD of new album, RECKLESS, via XO Records / Republic Records on 7/20. RECKLESS includes his platinum-certified single 'Wanted You (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)' in addition to his previously released track 'Freshman List.' NAV supported the album with an extensive headlining tour. His current single 'Champion (feat. Travis Scott)' will impact Urban and Rhythmic radio on 6/26.
Punch Brothers return with All Ashore, their first album since 2015's The Phosphorescent Blues. The band wrote all nine songs on the album, which they self-produced and recorded in Los Angeles. "It's a meditation on committed relationships in the present day," says Chris Thile, "particularly in the present climate."
77:78 is the new project from Aaron Fletcher and Tim Parkin, card carrying members of the musical kaleidoscope that is The Bees. Crate diggers and music nuts, 77:78's music possesses snatches of the fried, post-sandbox loveliness of The Beach Boys Smiley Smile, the clatter of King Tubby's junkyard dub, the childlike playfulness of early Syd Barret and a gentle seabreeze of sublime West Coast harmonies. Their debut album, Jellies, sounds like staying up late with a friend who's playing you all the best bits of their mind-blowing record.
1,2 Kung Fu is the debut album from Boy Azooga, the psych-flecked musical vehicle for Cardiff's Davey Newington. This multifarious musical mission takes inspiration from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segall and The Beastie Boys. Boy Azooga are a reverent ensemble churning out rave-tinged rock that hints at a progeny of both Can and the Happy Mondays. Limited Edition Pink Vinyl
For the first time in franchise history the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions. NHL Original Productions provides an all-access pass behind the glass, on the bench and into the locker room as the Capitals embark on an unforgettable journey through the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Led by captain and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin, All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby and dynamic center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Cinderella expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights en route to hoisting the most coveted trophy in sports the Stanley Cup. Exclusive interviews with players, coaches and Capitals legends provide an in-depth narrative of Washington s first championship. Experience this victorious season through the voices who ended a 44-year Stanley Cup drought in the nation s capital. The Stanley Cup finally has arrived in D.C.! Relive every dramatic moment of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. Bonus Features: Extended Parade Celebration Extended On-Ice Celebration Extended Locker Room Celebration Round 1 Wireless Feature Round 2 Wireless Feature Round 3 Wireless Feature
Amy Schumer stars as Renee, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. After suffering a fall, she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? This hilarious and relatable comedy also stars Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Busy Philipps, Aidy Bryant and Emily Ratajkowski, and is being hailed by critics as "funny and emotionally revealing" (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times).
‘Lamp Lit Prose’ arrives just over a year after 2017’s self-titled ‘Dirty Projectors.’ Here David Longstreth’s band returns with a new album that is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance. Guitars have returned to the Dirty Projectors’ world, intricate and gorgeous vocal harmony too. The album begins with “Right Now,” David singing, “there was silence in my heart, but now I’m striking up the band.” In addition to the core musicians and guests, LA string group the Calder Quartet, and The Brass Players of Los Angeles both appear on several songs. ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ is a recommitment to the sounds and ideals of Dirty Projectors, embracing the band’s trademarks while pushing forward the sonic envelope. Lamp Lit Prose will be the ninth release for Dirty Projectors and comes with collaborations from HAIM, Syd, Robin Pecknold, Rostam Batmanglij, Amber Mark, Empress Of and Dear Nora. Lamp Lit Prose was recorded at Ivo Shandor in Los Angeles.
Deafheaven was formed in 2010 by vocalist George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy. They released their debut studio album Roads To Judah in 2011 . They added drummer Daniel Tracy to the group and released their breakthrough album Sunbather in 2013. After rounding out their line up with guitarist Shiv Mehra and bassist Stephen Clark—each subsequent live set felt like a religious experience for the bigger (and bigger) shows that followed. Their third album, and first for ANTI-, 2015’s New Bermuda, was heavier, sturdier, and more grounded in the dirt than Sunbather. They toured extensively to support New Bermuda playing tours and festivals with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Danzig, and Gojira. Deafheaven’s new album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, finds them working with old friends again. The Jack Shirley-produced and Nick Steinhardt-art directed (of Touché Amoré) collection gets its title from Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair, referencing a moment when someone is looking for love, in all of its imper¬fection and simple beauty. This sentiment is carried throughout the hazy, yearning romanticism of the record with song titles and words as sumptuous as the sounds around them. Clarke describes the composition of Ordinary Corrupt Human Love beginning with “small seeds of healing, repair, and rebirth,” and like each subsequent Deafheaven album, this record is, in fact, a revelation. Defeat has inspired some of our best art. If you survive something terrible, you surface on the other side, walk toward the light, and come back to life. If you’re an artist, this kind of new self-knowledge can lead to creating something universal and remembered, something that can live longer than you do. While Deafheaven have managed to cross over this road in the past, they’ve nailed the feeling wholly with Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, a feeling that comes with experience and wisdom. Yes, everybody deals with hurt, everybody’s been the cause of their own implosions, and everybody has the capacity to overcome and love again. Deafheaven have found a way to externalize all of this, and in making their most complete record to date, they turn it into a balm and a cathartic exorcism.
Between the Buried and Me - Automata II - New CD Album This is PART TWO of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME’s two-part eighth album and introductory offering for Sumerian Records, Automata. The North Carolina quintet—Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. [lead vocals, keyboards], Paul Waggoner [lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals], Dustie Waring [rhythm and lead guitar], Blake Richardson [drums], and Dan Briggs [bass, keyboards]—explore these themes by personally smashing boundaries once again. Automata marks the band’s first proper double LP-spanning concept. They continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of progression in the process. Track Listing: 1. The Proverbial Bellow 2. Glide 3. Voice Of Trespass 4. The Grid
Back Roads And Abandoned Motels consists of the Jayhawks' versions of songs originally written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including "Come Cryin' to Me" (originally released on Natalie Maines' Mother in 2013); "Everybody Knows" and "Bitter End" (released on Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way in 2006); "Gonna Be a Darkness" (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 3 in 2011); "Need You Tonight" (originally released on Scott Thomas' Matson Tweed in 2015); "El Dorado" (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez' She Ain't Me in 2008); "Bird Never Flies" (originally released on Ari Hest's The Break-In in 2007); "Backwards Women" (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and "Long Time Ago" (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded). In addition the album premieres two brand-new songs.
Co-produced by Dave Izumi in Izumi's own Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, work began on Outsiders in early 2017. The album, though instantly recognisable as a Magic Numbers record in it's melodies, begins with a more raucous punch sonically. The confidence is more evident than ever before, noticeable immediately in the more bluesy, gnarly guitar sound. Songs like 'The Keeper', even having a distinct T. Rex feel. I've been revisiting lots of early rock'n'roll and blues records, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf", Stodart explains. "I've fallen madly in love with the electric guitar again for sure. I love T. Rex, and Bowie. The silver lining of the sadness of losing ?David Bowie?? was that you go back and become obsessed again. Even the way he left us was a work of art.' There's also been a subtle but significant shift in Stodart's lyrical themes. 'It wasn't a conscious decision to refrain from looking inward but I did feel a shift creatively with the things I wanted to say and share this time around. It's allowed me the opportunity to play with characters like Michele & I have done on 'Ride Against The Wind" which we based upon a fictitious motorcycle girl gang who've grown tired of conforming and towing the line in their everyday lives." This sense of fun is also reflected in the occasional references Romeo throws in of other people's songs, such as namechecking Kate Bush's "Hounds Of Love", and "Everybody's Talkin'" by ?Fred Neil??. "I enjoy throwing in those things in a way to see if people notice, it makes songwriting more playful." The lead single is the epic Neil Young meets Fleetwood Mac" Sweet Divide". "The couplet "Maybe there's no grand design/What if this is all we find?" hints at a humanist, even atheist interpretation. "No-one knows what's to come," says Romeo. "We're all just fumbling in the dark, searching, sometimes it can be comforting to acknowledge that. The expansive, extraordinary "Runaways" is one of the album's standout moments. "It's a love song for the misfits in society" Romeo explains, 'It's saying we're 'scorned lovers' 'damaged goods' but let's stick together and embrace it, I think there's a beauty in that'
With their new album, All That Reckoning, The Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection may be the most powerful album the Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. Its a deeper and a more complete record than weve ever done before, says songwriter / guitarist Michael Timmins. These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level.
Rayland Baxter’s new album is a dream realized. Since he first started writing music, this roving rock ‘n’ roll philosopher dreamed of a space where he could devote every waking hour to creating. The hard-touring musician finally found it in the form of an abandoned rubber band factory in Franklin, KY, where he covered the windows, threw a mattress on the floor, and with guitar and piano in tow, spent three straight months writing. At night he would sit and listen to the sounds around him: coyotes, the howling wind, the faint prattle of the nightly TV news. The result of this isolation quest is ‘Wide Awake’ (July 13/ATO Records), a ten-song collection that celebrates the best aspects of humanity and grasps at understanding the worst.
Leading with his heart as much as with his head, AHI is an emotional yet discerning lyricist who would rather demonstrate love than use the word itself. He allows his light to shine inward but only to a degree, admitting to some autobiography on In Our Time but as glimpsed through an imaginative lens. While his music possesses a quality of timelessness, the sounds here reveal a broad spectrum of influence and also toe the line between retro and revelatory. None of that is by accident: the album, like its 2016 predecessor, We Made It Through the Wreckage, was recorded in Nashville -- a place AHI finds attractive for its sound and skilled studio hands rather than its glitzy polish -- and this time on analog-to-tape with flourishes of digital technology.
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You may not be able to see the gorgeous landscapes behind Baby Grand, Stuart McLamb’s fourth record as The Love Language, but they’re so essential to the picture you’ll feel them in every note. Started in, of all places, a cavernous Virginia hammock factory, fragmentary demos came alive when splashed by sunshine during a move across the country to California, where the album was completed. “It was something just about being in a new city, and a new light,” McLamb says, “and reopening the sessions, and this demo that I thought was a throwaway, suddenly I’m really feeling it….” You can hear the freedom kick in when the backwoods country shuffle of “Castle in the Sky” explodes into a full-on aughts anthem, equal parts outstretched arms and pumped fists.
The band's ninth-studio album, Among the Ghosts, is their first for noted Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers. It was recorded and co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer/producer and Memphis native Matt ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive by Truckers) at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service/Sun Studio. Recorded primarily as a five-piece, Among the Ghosts eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured in some of the band's past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the 90's and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The sound is more their own and at the same time not exactly like anything they've done before. This is a band settling into their craft. The 10-song disc's title is both a tribute to the spirits which road the streets of their fabled city, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago.
'It's all rock & roll -- no golf!' is how acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying firth album, To The Sunset. She's borrowed a lyric from the effervescent track 'Break Out the Champagne,' one of ten deftly crafted songs that comprise her powerful new recording. The Texas-born road warrior, new mom, and recently minted MFA in creative writing has mined a range of musical influences to revel an Amanda Shires many didn't know existed. 'Isn't it refreshing?' Shires asks. Indeed. Distorted electric guitars, effects pedals, swirling keys and synths, and rockin' rhythms certainly suit Shire's visceral songcraft and lilting soprano.
British rock and rollers The Temperance Movement have returned with news of a brand new studio album to be released in early 2018, supported by a European headlining tour. Following a whirlwind few years in which they released two Top 20 albums, toured around the world and shared the stage with such rock megastars as The Rolling Stones, The Temperance Movement are finally back, having been hard at work behind the scenes preparing for an even bigger year in 2018. The band's eagerly-anticipated new album, 'A Deeper Cut', features 12 brand new songs which draw on the band's recent experiences and showcase their ever-improving songwriting abilities. Following on from the unprecedented success of the debut album (2013) that stormed the UK Album Charts and the follow up record 'White Bear' which landed at #1 in the UK Rock albums chart. "A Deeper Cut" is without doubt the band's finest output to date. A Britpop swagger and mod, rock n roll vibe throughout, The Temperance Movement might have just written the greatest British album of the last decade.
On Golden Age Houndmouth takes a fearless approach to production by enlisting the unlikely team of Jonathan Rado and Shawn Everett, who employed some fairly unconventional recording techniques in the studio. The end result is enthralling, inventive and even more melodic than anything they've previously released.
Four years after releasing their Merge debut, Frozen Letter, Spider Bags return with an LP that ascends to new levels of aural punch and perspective. The years that elapsed between records were crucial in enabling that progress to take place.
Recorded in Memphis at Bunker Audio by Andrew McCalla (who also engineered 2012’s Shake My Head), Someday Everything Will Be Fine leverages the limitations and glory of the Tascam 388, a vintage recording/mixing device that’s acquired a mythos via its association with legendary records by Dinosaur Jr. and others. Unlike the error-erasing editing software Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee has favored in the past, the Tascam’s charms are more immediate, and it has a visceral resonance all its own.
Someday Everything Will Be Fine, which is about the importance of saying f**k it and dancing to a rock and roll record, is an album only Spider Bags could make.
Finnish metal band Fear Of Domination fuse elements from a variety of different styles, bringing together elements as diverse as Melodeath, Industrial and EDM to create a unique vision of a hyper-energetic, modern Metal-sound. The band sports a dynamic front duo with new female singer Sara Strommer nicely complementing founding vocalist Saku.
Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined on Breaking In. Producers Will Packer (No Good Deed, Obsessed) and Union (Almost Christmas, Being Mary Jane) reunite for this original thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Sense8).
Take six twentysomething Chicago friends, add cocktails and hormones, shake and you've got Happy Endings, the hilarious comedy that asks: "When a couple splits, who gets to keep the friends?"
Dave (Zachary Knighton, TV's Flashforward) finds fulfillment manning a food truck after losing his hot fiancé, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert, TV’s 24), at the altar. Alex's type-A sister, Jane (Eliza Coupe, TV's Future Man), is almost happily married to horn-dog Brad (Damon Wayans Jr., TV's New Girl). Dave's roommate, Max (Adam Pally, TV's The Mindy Project), is a gay, sports-loving slob, and Penny (Casey Wilson, TV's SNL) is on the prowl for a good man. . .or men.
The laughs are nonstop as they do what tightly-knit friends do best: hang out, have fun, debate the meaning of life, hook up, break up, and do it all over again!
Popular guest stars appeared throughout the 3-season, 57 episode run on ABC including: Nick Zano, Megan Mullally, Rob Corddry, James Wolk, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Christopher McDonald, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Paul Scheer, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Andy Richter, Max Greenfield, Colin Hanks and more!
"Blending comedic elements of Friends, Arrested Development, and 30 Rock, it manages to serve up something new and refreshing by being both consumed by and annoyed with the frenetic world we live in. It's biting, but easy to swallow social commentary at its best" - Rolling Stone
"It's one of the sharpest and warm-hearted comedies on the air, and I enjoy it a lot more than Modern Family." - Huffington Post
Rise Against’s The Black Market hit No. 1 on the Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts in the U.S. and topped album charts in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Germany. The follow-up album, WOLVES, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock albums charts. Lead single “The Violence” topped the Mediabase Active Rock chart and “House On Fire” is currently in the Top 10 and climbing.
Melodic, hardcore Rise Against follow up their eighth studio album, WOLVES, with a career spanning and genre defying release, that’s a new addition to their already storied career. The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol I finds the band reimagining some of the biggest songs of their career with intimate performances and backed with strings.
Underworld and Iggy Pop announce Teatime Dub Encounters due for release on July 27th via Caroline. The 4 track EP is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop each released their last albums on the same day (3/18/16). It is neither historical nor a tribute to past work; it is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that they both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.
With over 225,000 physical albums sold, millions of streams, and hundreds of sell-out live performances nationwide, Cody Jinks’ highly anticipated new album, Lifers, marks his debut for Rounder Records and the next chapter in a book of grass-roots country music superstardom. In the two years since he released his last album, (which made its impressive debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #4), Jinks and his band have relentlessly toured and cultivated an immense and loyal following among enthusiastic music fans who crave the kind of authentic country music on which he was nurtured. The title track and theme of the album celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and pays tribute to the often overlooked “lifers, the struggling strivers, working long after the day is done…the last of the great generation.”
Proudly carrying the torch that artists like Zack de la Rocha, Woody Guthrie, Chuck D, System of a Down, and Kendrick Lamar lit up with their politically charged lyrics, the talented singer, rapper, poet, illustrator, author, and activist OTEP SHAMAYA has proven to be one of the prolific, loudest and most sincere voices in protest music! On KULT 45, the powerhouse eighth studio album, OTEP expertly fuses aggressive and pervasive metal molotovs, imbued with eruptive rapcore, that captivate the mind and body, not only with lyrically-embraced social enlightenment, but with poignant messages regarding the current political and cultural conditions in America. On hymns such as 'Halt Right' and 'Molotov', OTEP thrashes out with brute force and skillful pun, clearly calling out against the return of odiferous hate groups. With the more emotionally charged 'Shelter In Place’ OTEP speaks out against school shootings and gun violence while also commending the strength and courage of survivors and the passion and devotion of the Parkland high school students who organized and set forth the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES movement. Later the album segues to a beautiful ballad called BRAVE that seductively beckons listeners to abandon their comfort zones and go after their dreams. "Things needed to be said and songs needed to be written without fear so to bravely reflect the times." Shamaya explains that KULT 45 is the most authentic album OTEP has ever released. The album closes out with a cover of the classic song "Wake Up" - a tribute to the legends, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.
Joseph returns with 7-track vinyl EP Stay Awake via ATO Records with 3 new songs “All,” a demo of “50, 60, 80,” & “Stay Awake” plus 2 older songs reimagined & covers of Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” & Rolling Stones “Moonlight Mile.” Natalie Schepman who founded Joseph w/her 2 sisters Allison & Meegan Closner says the EP is “a small collection of songs we put together to help ourselves deal with heaviness. It's a bit of telling it like it is. It's a bit of a ‘keep going.’"
The seven-track release from the rapper was streamed live from Wyoming and featured guest appearances from 070 Shake, DeJ Loaf, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Ty Dolla $ign, Valee and Charlie Wilson.
Influential hard rock legend, reality TV star, Broadway alumni, horror movie director, radio host – Dee Snider, the face and voice of the legendary Twisted Sister, has a career many would kill for. And yet the singer`s thirst is far from being quenched – his thirst for METAL! Dee Snider has inked a deal with Napalm Records for his upcoming solo album For The Love Of Metal produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and featuring contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow). Snider comments about For The Love Of Metal: "This is a really incredibly exciting album that I did not expect to make, especially at this point in my life. Jamey Jasta challenged me to make a contemporary rock record. … and I rose to the challenge!“ The result is a full-on anthemic metal album indulging in modern heaviness without neglecting Snider`s Twisted Sister roots. One of the most powerful voices in rock & heavy metal is back...and more ferocious than ever!