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The Chemical Brothers Want To Help You "Free Yourself" With New Album, World Tour
Following the release of a new instant-classic single, the GRAMMY-winning electronic duo announce an upcoming ninth studio album, plus their first U.S. tour since 2015
British producers Tim Rowlands and Ed Simons have been making groundbreaking electronic music hits since the '90s as The Chemical Brothers. They're back this year with new music that will bring the world more industrial bangers not heard since their 2015 GRAMMY-nominated album, Born In The Echoes. They have announced their upcoming ninth album, No Geography, due out in 2019, and will also be embarking on a limited-run world tour, that will bring their music to a U.S. audience for the first time since 2015.
The Chemical Brothers have announced their new album 'No Geography’ to be released Spring 2019! Also announced - UK live arena dates (on sale Fri 30th Nov at 9 am) & U.S. and Mexico live dates (on sale Dec 7 at 10am PST): https://t.co/OCthig0m4R #TheChemicalBrothers #NoGeography pic.twitter.com/oKkoSX6o8c— The Chemical Brothers (@ChemBros) November 19, 2018
On Nov. 19 the group revealed the new album's release date is currently slated for "Spring 2019," and their latest track, "Free Yourself," released on Nov. 14 with a robot-filled video, has been confirmed to be its lead single. The group also announced their North American tour dates that will begin in Mexico City on May 12, followed by two shows in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco. No further U.S. dates are currently set, although the duo will be performing five dates in their home country of the U.K. in November.
The U.S. shows will feature support from house and techno legend, DJ/producer The Black Madonna. Additionally, plenty of lasers and futuristic visuals can be expected. In the statement on their website they noted that tour visuals will be led Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall, who have collaborated with them on prior tours and videos, including bringing huge, laser-shooting robots to life on stage.
On the theme of robots, "Free Yourself" is a dancefloor ready track, with robotic female vocals asking listeners to simply "free yourself…dance." A variation of those words plays over a consistent, driving beat evocative of a laser show that builds up over the song. The single points to what are sure to be some more futuristic classics on the upcoming album. Additionally, there's no doubt that this song would sound pretty amazing performed live and supplemented with lasers and a big LED screen, as The Chemical Brothers typically offer in their shows.
The duo has been hugely influential in the electronic music scene over the years. They are one of the pivotal groups that came out of the '90s U.K.-centric industrial house "big beat" sound that included other major acts including GRAMMY-winner Fatboy Slim and GRAMMY-nominated group The Prodigy. The duo's 1997 sophomore album Dig Your Own Hole earned them their first GRAMMY nod for Best Alternative Music Performance and first win for its classic single "Block Rocking Beats" at the 40th GRAMMY Awards. Interestingly enough, the single won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance that year, signaling the cutting-edge nature of the genre-crossing sounds they were producing at the time. Their music continues to inspire the next generation of electronic artists, with many citing them as major influences, like German DJ and producer Boys Noize.
More info on the 2019 tour is available on The Chemical Brothers' website.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.