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SOEN Feat. Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: ‘Illusion’ Music Video Available

SOEN, the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of AMON AMARTH and OPETH), will release its fifth album, “Imperial”, on January 29, 2021 via Silver Lining Music. The official music video for the latest single, “Illusion”, which follows the tale of a father and daughter in their quest for survival in a dystopian universe, can be seen below. The song is described in a press release as “an addictive ballad brimming with bewitching guitar riffs, powerhouse-soaring chorus and a poignant message for all of us to reflect on.” Says Lopez: “‘Illusion’ is a song about the shared responsibility amongst us if we wish to improve the world, change has to be made by us, you and me… the people. It...

Hear BLACKMORE’S NIGHT’s New Single ‘Four Winds’

On March 12, BLACKMORE’S NIGHT will release “Nature’s Light”, its eleventh studio album and the first in six years, via earMUSIC. Today, the band, founded in 1997 by award-winning vocalist Candice Night and legendary guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore, has revealed the disc’s second single, “Four Winds”. “‘Four Winds’ is the story of two girls, actually inspired by two of my oldest friendships,” says Candice. “One who left Long Island and moved to California, and one who left to move to Virginia. Going to across the country to California and living on the water was where the first girl felt the call to her soul, being able to watch the dolphins in the water and living the life by the ocean, while the other one took a very d...

BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD Releases ‘Happy New Year’ Poem

Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a New Year’s Day poem called “Happy New Year”. Check it out below. Ward has released a number of poems in recent months, some inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and others celebrating the fall–winter holiday season, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bill was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced nine years ago, but backed out soon after. The drummer later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn’t physically up to the task. All four original members of SABBATH were present when the band announced its reunion in late 2011. But Ward split from the group in ...

Previously Unheard Music From Late AC/DC Singer BON SCOTT Officially Released After 50 Years

A box set containing previously unreleased music written and sung by Bon Scott has just been made available via Cherry Red Records. Founded in Australia, rock band FRATERNITY will forever be associated with Scott, who would later join AC/DC and enjoy worldwide fame. However, Scott‘s tenure with FRATERNITY has been poorly documented on the reissue market. Of the two albums the band had issued at the time, “Livestock” and “Flaming Galah”, neither album has been released officially. And their story has never been told accurately. Half a century later, “Seasons Of Change – The Complete Recordings 1970-1974” finally seeks to amend this oversight. Curated in conjunction with surviving band members (Bruce Howe, John Freeman, Sam See, John Bisset, Un...

Madeline Kenney Reveals New Summer Quarter EP: Stream

Madeline Kenney has unveiled the Summer Quarter EP via Carpark Records. Stream it below using Apple Music or Spotify. The follow-up to 2020’s Sucker’s Lunch, Summer Quarter was recorded in the isolation of quarantine, at a time when Kenney had hoped to be touring. The indie songwriter used the extra hours to develop new skills — namely behind the boards. While her first three records were produced by Toro y Moi and members of Wye Oak, this time Kenney took on all the producing duties herself. As she explained on Twitter, “i recorded it in my basement and it’s my first release produced solely by me. it’s weird and different but i like it.” Editors’ Picks The four-track effort is headlined by “Wasted Time” which comes with a music video directed by Kenney. With the aid o...

Melvins Share New Song “The Great Good Place”, Announce Valentine’s Day Livestream

The Melvins’ re-formed 1983 lineup is set to drop the new album Working with God on February 26th. As another preview of the impending release, they’ve shared “The Great Good Place”. They’ve also announced their second livestream event, “Divine Monkeyshines: Valentine’s Day Special”. Another massive slab of heavy rock, “The Great Good Place” is built on chunky riffs and a twisted pop sensibility that’s pure Melvins. Having now heard almost a third of the album, Working with God is primed to be one of 2021’s heaviest records thus far. Driving home the 1983 concept behind the project, the lyrics and music for Working with God closely mirror the vibe of the Melvins’ formative years — proof that the band was writing irreverently brilliant songs from the start. The Melvins’ antics don’t st...

Phoebe Bridgers to Play Dan Levy-Hosted Episode of Saturday Night Live

Phoebe Bridgers, author of one of 2020’s best albums, and Dan Levy, creator of TV’s best comedy of the last decade, will team up for an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. The Punisher singer-songwriter will serve as the musical guest for SNL’s February 6th episode hosted by the Schitt’s Creak mastermind. Both Bridgers and Levy will be making their SNL debuts. Following a month-long hiatus, SNL will return for a string of new episodes staring January 30th with an evening of comedy and music hosted by The Office’s John Krasinski and featuring Machine Gun Kelly. Following Levy and Bridgers’ big night on the 6th, Regina King will host an episode on February 13th alongside musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff. Bridgers, who was named Consequence of Sound’s 2020 Artist of the Year, recent...

Selena Gomez Takes Over ‘Puro Pop’ Playlist With Songs by Shakira, Maluma & More

“I think this new generation of Latin artists brings such passion and proves the staying power of Latin music,” Gomez told Apple Music about her playlist takeover. “I chose a few all-time classics and some new ones. It’s undeniable how it moves people — even if you don’t speak Spanish you can feel it.” Although her “Taki Taki” banger with DJ Snake, Cardi B and Ozuna was notably absent, she included other bilingual bops like “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj and “MIA” by Bad Bunny featuring Drake. Listen to her Puro Pop playlist takeover below. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined what a dating should be. It begins with giving you back power. Get to meet Beautiful people,...

‘Ghost Ship’ Organizer Pleads Guilty in Warehouse Fire That Killed 36 People

Thompson scheduled sentencing for March 8, when she will determine whether he will pay restitution, continue to be monitored electronically at his home in rural Northern California and be subject to supervised probation. Families of the victims will be allowed to give victim impact statements at that time. Prosecutors say Almena was criminally negligent when he illegally converted the industrial Oakland warehouse into a residence and event space for artists dubbed the “Ghost Ship,” stuffing the two-story building with flammable materials and extension cords. It had no smoke detectors or sprinklers. The Dec. 2, 2016, fire broke out at the warehouse during an electronic music and dance party, moving so quickly that victims were trapped on the illegally constructed second floor. Prosecutors s...

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Bicep, Logic1000, Artbat & More

“On an album, you want loads of detail for people listening at home,” Bicep’s Andy Ferguson said in a press release for the Belfast duo’s second LP, Isles. While Bicep presciently forecast popular dance music’s return to rave years ago, it’s less likely the guys knew that home would be the only place where people could listen to their new project upon its release. Whether through clairvoyance or luck, Isles meets the moment. It’s intricate, moody, nostalgic, introspective and emotional, with melodies (“Atlas”) that swirl somewhere between euphoria and melancholy and fidgety synths and percussion (“Fir,” “Sundial”) that bypass the feet in favor of cerebral stimulation. The star of the album (out via Ninja Tune) is its vocals, whose sample origins span the globe from Malawi to Bulgaria...

Luke Bryan Wanted This Top 10 Country Hit, But Morgan Wallen Got It First: ‘Sorry, Luke’

“I listened to it. I immediately fell in love with it, man,” Wallen chimed in about his initial reaction to hearing the demo. “I knew I was going to have to change some of your Mississippi sh– off of there, but that’s all right,” Wallen laughed. However, that “summer love kind of thing” wasn’t meant to be between the song and Bryan. HARDY told Wallen during the interview that the “Play It Again” hitmaker “fell in love with it too,” but he and Wallen didn’t know how he had even heard the demo. “We were all like, ‘Man, we wanted you [Wallen] to have it. We thought you could make it cool.’ So he missed out, dawg,” HARDY said. “Sorry, Luke,” Wallen teased at the end. Since Wa...

Epik High Is Here For You

By Regina Kim “We were anomalies when we started,” says Tablo of the Korean hip-hop trio Epik High, which he leads. A Stanford graduate whose given name is Daniel Lee, he wears a black cap and matching hoodie on the opposite end of a Zoom call, giving off a laid-back, unassuming air that belies his status as a South Korean superstar. Though rap and hip-hop have become infused in all of the country’s major pop from BTS to Big Bang to Blackpink, Epik High were genre pioneers when they formed in 2001, mixing high-speed vocal deliveries with seemingly disparate elements as punk and classical at a time when the sound was considered niche. “As time went on and other people started experimenting with different sounds in hip-hop, we became more accepted,” he tells MTV News. Composed of Tablo, fell...