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Queen Release New Mobile Rhythm Game Rock Tour

Queen were hoping to bring a massive concert experience around the world in celebration of their 50th anniversary, but the pandemic has put a damper on those plans. Instead, they’ll bring tiny concert experiences from throughout their history into fans’ homes with the Queen: Rock Tour mobile game. Coming from Universal Music Group and Gameloft, Queen: Rock Tour is a rhythm game much like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, except in this mobile version all the rocking out is done with your fingertips. Players can tour 10 famed international venues and tap along to 20 of Queen’s iconic songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “We Are the Champions”, and more. You can also change the look of the band, choosing from over 40 instantly recognizable costumes worn ...

Andra Day is First Black Best Actress Winner at Golden Globes in 35 Years

Andra Day is the first Black Best Actress winner at the Golden Globes in over 35 years thanks to her excellent performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday. During Sunday night’s ceremony, Day became the second Black woman in history to ever take home the coveted award for Best Actress – Drama. The only person to have claimed the prize prior was Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple back in 1986. In between, seven other Black women have been nominated for the award, including Halle Berry, Viola Davis, and Ruth Negga. Day was understandably shocked to hear her name announced at the virtual Golden Globes event as friends and family embraced her while cheering. This was her first-ever lead role in a feature film and her third acting credit overall, following some voice acting in Ca...

Win The Best of Philadelphia International Records Prize Pack with Vinyl, Turntable, Headphones

50 years ago, the sound of Philly Soul was born out of the legendary Philadelphia International Records. With the talents of The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, and others, the label rewrote the standards of soul music by blending in R&B, funk, and doo-wop with massive orchestral arrangements. To celebrate all P.I.R. contributed to the world of music, we’re giving away a Best of Philadelphia International Records prize pack. One (1) winner will receive the new The Best of Philadelphia International Records compilation on vinyl, not set for release until May 2021. The greatest hits collection features classic tracks from all the above musicians plus Lou Rawls, The Intruders, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and P.I.R....

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Offer a Tender Glimpse of Hope on the Beautiful Carnage: Review

The Lowdown: In 1997, Nick Cave sang about a “Kingdom” whose light was so bright that “All the world’s darkness can’t swallow up/ A single spark.” On The Boatman’s Call, Cave yearned for this kingdom through a mist of tears born from what he’d later call “a convergence of events that felt so calamitous at the time that I could not find a way to write about anything else.” In the midst of a similarly calamitous convergence of events in 2020 — when it felt impossible to think on anything but widespread sickness, white supremacy, and the fractured state of our society — Cave found himself drawn yet again to the pursuit of this kingdom of light. Carnage, Cave’s new record alongside longtime Bad Seed and soundtrack collaborator Warren Ellis, beautifully and devastatingly documents their pursuit...

Life Support Is The Album Madison Beer ‘Fought So Hard For’

By Jack Irvin As the musician’s star began to rise, Madison Beer had imagined a huge, extravagant party would toast the release of her debut album, Life Support. But even before the coronavirus pandemic postponed its arrival nearly a year and prohibited such gatherings for the foreseeable future, she had already changed her mind about the grand soiree. “I don’t think I want to celebrate my album with a bunch of people who couldn’t really give less of a shit whether I have music out or not,” Beer, MTV’s March Push Artist, says. “They just want a reason to party.” When the album dropped at midnight on Friday (February 26), Beer celebrated instead with a small pod of the people to whom she’s closest: her manager, her Life Support co-writing team, and a couple of friends. (“B...

deadmau5 Launches New House Imprint, Tommy Trash Single Selected For Inaugural Release

Electronic music legend deadmau5 has long been known for his plethora of music-centric ventures, most notably his mau5trap label. Since it was founded back in 2007, the imprint has facilitated countless releases from heavyweights such as Skrillex, Chris Lake, i_o and REZZ.  Now, deadmau5 is expanding his portfolio once more with the launch of yet another project, hau5trap. Dedicated to house music, the new label intends to collaborate with cutting-edge pioneers in the space from around the world. It will officially launch on Thursday, March 4th with the release of its inaugural single, “Hiiigh” by Tommy Trash and Daisy Guttridge, two of mau5trap’s longtime staples.  “With hau5trap, we get to support more things we love specifically in house music...

TESLA’s BRIAN WHEAT On Departure Of TOMMY SKEOCH: ‘He Chose His Path; No One Chose it For Him’

TESLA‘s Brian Wheat has once again spoken about the departure of original guitarist Tommy Skeoch. The bassist made his comments while talking to Eonmusic about his book “Son Of A Milkman: My Crazy Life With Tesla”, which was released in December. Skeoch, who was a founding member of the Sacramento five-piece, played on the band’s defining albums, including 1986 debut “Mechanical Resonance” and 1990’s “Five Man Acoustical Jam”, exited the group for the final time in 2006. Speaking about the departure, Wheat said: “Well, I don’t really like talking about it, to be honest with you, because, quite frankly, he was given many chances, and he chose his path; no one chose it for him.” He continued: “Because I am the outs...

CANNIBAL CORPSE Frontman On Post-Pandemic Life: ‘I Think Mentally We’re Never Gonna Be Normal Again’

Vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE spoke to the “RRBG Podcast” about what the concert industry might look like post-pandemic. He said (hear audio below): “I just think that people are gonna throw caution to the wind and say, ‘Fuck it.’ I cannot see [if we play] ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ that people are gonna just stand there like zombies. They’re not gonna do it. There’s no way. People are gonna start slamming. They’re not gonna care. “We’ve gotta get back to the way it was,” he continued. “And who knows if it’s ever gonna be that way? I think maybe people are gonna be more cautious about washing their hands and coughing. Trust me — that̵...

Watch Pro-Shot Video Of GEOFF TATE Performing QUEENSRŸCHE’s ‘Around The World’ At Socially Distanced Everett Concert

Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate took part in an intimate acoustic performance on February 13 at the Everett Theatre in Everett, Washington. The socially distanced event operated at 25% capacity which equated to about 100 people in total watching the show inside the venue. Professionally filmed video of Tate performing the QUEENSRŸCHE song “Around The World” at the Everett concert can be seen below. Last month, Tate announced around a dozen U.S. dates in late summer and fall as part of a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE‘s “Empire” and “Rage For Order” albums. All tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 26 at 10:00 local time. For more information, including ticket links and links for meet-and-greet passes for purchase ...

STEVE VAI Says He ‘Won’t Be Able To Play For A While’ Following Trigger Finger Surgery

In a new interview with the “Guitar Villains” video podcast, legendary guitarist Steve Vai revealed that he recently underwent hand surgery as a result of an injury he sustained while working on his upcoming “acoustic vocal” record. “I was doing this fun thing, and I had to put my thumb in this really weird position,” he explained (see video below). “And I had to kind of hold this chord really for a long time — I was meditating on it. And I knew it was a hard position, and I just kept sitting there and playing it and playing and playing, and 20 minutes later, I’d kind of come out, and I [felt pain in my hand]. So I kind of sprained this, and then, all of a sudden, I developed trigger finger… My wife said, ‘Don’t show anybody,̵...

Lana Del Rey Teases ‘White Dress’ Single; Country Covers Album Also Completed

In an Instagram post, Lana Del Rey shared a 20-second video of her rollerblading down an empty, sunny highway as a tease to her next single, “White Dress,” off her upcoming Chemtrails Over the Country Club LP that’s out this month. In an interview clip in the same post, Del Rey answers an off-camera question about videos, saying, “I don’t know what I”m going for, but I do hope one day, I can work with somebody who actually knows how to make videos like John Waters or David Lynch.” Del Rey also revealed she has also recorded a country covers album, telling Contact Music, “I went back and listened to ‘Ride’ and ‘Video Games’ and thought, you know they’re kind of country. I mean, they’re definitely not pop. “Maybe the way ‘Video Games’ got remastered, they’re pop,” she continued, “b...

Nirvana’s Bleach to Be Reissued as Limited-Edition Blue Cassette

After the success of Tapehead City’s Love Buzz Red reissue of Nirvana’s Bleach, the cassette purveyor has announced another limited-edition reprint. The Blew edition (pressed on a cobalt blue tape) commemorates the album’s opening track and will be limited to 1,989 copies, in honor of its release date. The Tapehead City description of the release reads as follows:  “Bleach” was the debut album from Nirvana released on June 15, 1989, by Sub Pop records. “Blew” was the first song on the album and one of the few songs Nirvana would continue to play on tour. “Blew” was also the 2nd to last song Nirvana ever played at their final show March 1st 1994. The Bleach version of “Blew” was accidentally recorded one step lower than the band had intended, which contributed ...