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Meg Myers Drops Video To “Motel”

Singer songwriter Meg Myers has just dropped her new video to “Motel”, the fourth single of her debut album Sorry.
The video shows her dancing to scenes of her live performances and home videos projected to a wall. In one of them she bursts out into tears, picking up the emotional, desperate undertone of the song. You can watch the video below:

Next Tuesday, April 26 (airs at 11pm ET/PT on TBS) Meg Myers will celebrate her late night television debut on Conan where she is set to perform “Motel”.
Meg Myers is an artist AltWire has watched from her very first single release “Monster” in 2012. She regularly amazes the critics with a strong vocal performance, authentic song writing and a brave musical arrangement. We have a feeling that she will have her breakout moment quite soon.

letlive. Release New Single Online

Post-hardcore rockers letlive have released their first song after three years! “Good mourning, America” is a seething piece of social commentary that brings its message across with a bang! Not only do they address antiquated gender roles, but also racial discrimination, standing up for human rights and police brutality:

“We ain’t so different now are we?”
Said the cop to the killer inside of me
“I’ve heard your story, boy, and that shit gets old
We’ve got the right to take your life, so do just what you’re told”.

Check out the song here:

A truly powerful first single of the upcoming album “If I’m the devil” which is due out on June 10 via Epitaph Records. On their website they write:

“The album is the follow up to letlive.’s critically-lauded 2013 release, The Blackest Beautiful. And the time spent between that and 2016 are defined by the band’s engagement with the griot lineage of Saul Williams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the social pathologies that led to Ferguson, Missouri and divisive redlining policies that are functionally domestic terrorism. And with those ideas letlive. is a band that aims to bring political messages into rock music again. “Our music is very left-leaning. It’s very clear I have a large disdain for the way a lot of systems are working and our society’s incapability to unravel,” front man Jason Butler states.”

A standpoint definitely needed in the contemporary music scene!


01. – I’ve Learned to Love Myself
02. – Nü Romantics
03. – Good Mourning, America
04. – Who You Are Not
05. – A Weak Ago
06. – Foreign Cab Rides
07. – Reluctantly Dead
08. – Elephant
09. – Another Offensive Song
10. – If I’m the Devil…
11. – Copper Colored Quiet

Fans in Europe can catch the guys live on these dates:

Apr 21 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 22 The Dome, Tufnell Park London, United Kingdom
Apr 23 The Underworld London, United Kingdom
Apr 27 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
Apr 28 MTC Cologne, Germany

Concert Review: Enter Shikari in Cologne, 03/27/16

Enter Shikari have proved numerous times that they are a force to be reckoned with, so of course I had to see them once more when they played Cologne past Sunday. The show at the “E-Werk” was sold out, just like almost every show of the band’s “Mindsweep Tour 2016” through the UK, Europe and North America, and one of Germans biggest TV channels even recorded it for a live broadcast.

Only hours before the show, Hacktivist was announced as the first opening act of the evening – no surprise when you consider that Hacktivist is currently touring Germany as well and had just released the single “Taken” featuring Enter Shikari-lead singer Rou Reynolds. The crowd really appreciated the addition to the line up especially when Rou joined Hacktivist on stage to perform “Taken”. Not long after their set, the second opener Modestep truly made the crowd go wild. Their frantic mixture of rock and dubstep opened the first circle pit of the evening – only one of many to come.

12496316_10153463264267104_6279528931252080031_oWhen the main act finally entered the stage, the crowd started chanting “And still we will be here, standing like statues”, a line taken from Enter Shikari first self-titled single, an old tradition at the band’s concerts. During the set, the whole venue transforms into one massive pit area. There’s so much movement, it’s impossible to stay in once place, not that you’d even want to. The audience at Enter Shikari shows is always made up of a special kind of people – wild, uncontrolled, frantic but still kind and with a special sense of community. During one part they dance and jump around and in the next moment each and everyone raises their fists and shouts “We will sing as one in solidarity”. That’s the reason why after a set of over twenty songs from “Sorry, you’re not a winner” to the newest single “Redshift” everyone leaves the venue soaked in sweat but with a huge grin on their face. I even had blood on my shirt. I try not to think about it.

When singer Rou Reynolds tells the crowd that they have been one of the best audiences of the tour, you really believe him. Enter Shikari truly gave their all that evening: they crowd surfed while standing on an amplifier , sang on a balcony and even destroyed a keyboard, but in the end it’s that very special type of attitude they created with their lyrics, music and live shows since their first moments as a band, which makes each concert a special collective experience.


World Premiere of Short Film “Song for Someone” Featuring Music by U2 Announced

SundanceTV is debuting the short film “Song for Someone” which features music from U2’s most recent album Songs of Innocence this Thursday, Jul. 9.

In “Song for Someone” Woody Harrelson portrays a man being released from prison. The film, directed by Vincent Haycock, cinematography by Steve Annis and produced by Pete Vitale & Park Pictures, will also star Harrelson’s daughter Zoe and thematically links to RECTIFY, SundanceTV’s Peabody award-winning series that follows the story of Daniel Holden and his family as they struggle to move forward after Daniel’s release from 19 years on death row.

The film will air HERE immediately following the season three, one-hour premiere of RECTIFY, which begins on Thu., Jul. 9 at 10/9c.

Watch a teaser below:

Echosmith And Twenty One Pilots Extend Fall Tour

This fall, Echosmith are set to support twenty one pilots on their “Blurry Faces” tour through North America starting in Washington on September 8th. Now the bands have added five more dates in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Oakland and Milwaukee.

twenty one pilots have just released their brand new album “Blurry Faces”, so make sure to check it out! If you wanna catch them live with Echosmith, you can find the tour dates below.

Blurryface is available now on iTunes. #ItsMusic #Blurryface

Posted by twenty one pilots on Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2015

Tour Dates

09.08 Washington DC @ Echostage
09.11 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
09.12 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09.13 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.15 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
09.18 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
09.19 Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Pavilion*
09.20 Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
09.22 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
09.23 Papillion, NE @ Sumter Amphitheater
09.26 Manga, UT @ Great Salt Air
09.27 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.29 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
10.01 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom (new)
10.02 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center (new)

10.06 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10.08 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
10.11 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10.13 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre (new)
10.15 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10.16 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
10.17 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre (new)
10.20 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
10.22 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10.23 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
10.25 Boise, ID @ Revolution Events Center
10.26 Bozeman, MT @ Theater At The Brick
10.28 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
10.29 St. Paul, MN @ Myth
10.30 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom (new)

*without Echosmith

Paramore, Josh Homme and Jimmy Eat World Kickstart “The Sweet Stuff Foundation”

Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme has teamed up with members of Paramore and Jimmy Eat World to launch The Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity supporting disabled musicians:

“The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the ‘last wishes’ of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance.”

The story of Austin Pettit, who passed away in January, shared on their website, shows the amount of support needed by the musicians and their families.
In a testimonial he wrote:

“The Sweet Stuff Foundation will make it possible for us to stay in our home and now since I can’t work, I feel so relieved that I am contributing (on behalf of the Sweet Stuff Foundation) to our family’s needs. Your impact on my family is indescribable.”

While the charity was already founded in 2013, it is now that their famous ambassadors are fully kickstarting it with a charity auction of various merchandise items including a signed guitar from the 2014 Grammy Awards.

We think they are doing a beautiful job helping people in need. Find out more about The Sweet Stuff Foundation HERE and donate if you can!

Muse Go “Psycho” On New Track

The British Rock trio Muse has released its first song off the new record Drones earlier today. With “Psycho” Muse deliver a gritty track – similar to their smash hit “Supermassive Black Hole” – with some catchy as hell guitar riffs.
You can watch the official lyric video here:

Muse’s much anticipated album Drones is due out on 8 June 2015. In order to promote the record, the band will play select shows in the UK. Bad news in case you want to see them live: all dates are already sold out.

15 March | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Ulster Hall |
16 March | Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowland |
19 March | Newport, Wales | Newport Centre |
20 March | Exeter, England | The Great Hall |
22 March | Manchester, England | Manchester Academy |
23 March | Brighton, England | Brighton Dome |

For more tour dates visit Muse’s official homepage.

Funeral For A Friend Release New Video For “Pencil Pusher”

With their highly anticipated seventh studio album Chapter and Verse set for release on January 19th, Funeral For A Friend have revealed the music video for new single ‘Pencil Pusher’.

The track follows first single ‘1%’ and received its world premiere on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show. Lead singer Matt Davies explains: “it’s a song about frustration, about letting the little things get to you, building gradually over time before you explode in a hail of fury and fire and blood.”

Recorded in two weeks with Lewis Johns (Gnarwolves, Goodtime Boys), ‘Chapter and Verse’ is a classic Funeral For A Friend effort in the spectacular way it melds gruff attitude with melodic choruses. It also happens to be one of the most sonically diverse and hard hitting records the band has ever made.

“It’s stripped back and live sounding. It’s not a compressed to shit metal record, it’s organic and dirty and you can feel the sweat, blood and emotion in it. It’s sonically, our most intense record and it might take people a few listens to ‘get it’ compared to the rock bombast of say ‘Tales’ or even ‘Casually Dressed’. It’s probably got more in common with ‘Between Order and Model’ on a sonic level.”, Matt explained in an exclusive interview with Altwire last November.

Listen to an exclusive preview of ‘Chapter and Verse’ here.


Death Cab For Cutie Repair Breaks On New Album “KINTSUGI”

Death Cab for Cutie’s first album since the departure last year of founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla arrives everywhere on March 31st and will be called “KINTSUGI”.

Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them.

“Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us – the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty,” says bassist Nick Harmer, who suggested the name to singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard and drummer Jason McGerr. “Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.”


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