Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Sights and Sounds: Santana, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Of Monsters and Men

Some very exciting news as it relates to a diverse crop of top-tier artists...


Watch the music video for first single “Breaking Down The Door” here

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has shared the EPK from his upcoming album, Africa Speaks, out June 7 on Concord Records. Watchere.

Listen here as Santana shares “Breaking Down The Door,” the first single from his highly anticipated new album. To watch the video for the track, click here.

Enlisting legendary producer Rick Rubin, the iconic guitarist and his eight-piece band (which also includes Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10-day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take. Spanish singer Buika's heavenly lead vocals cast a magical spell throughout the album. 

Santana, now 50 years into his remarkable career, has succeeded in creating a compelling, energy infused album. A vision that transcends generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. It will rank as one of his most important and memorable works.

Santana on the web:
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Joanne Shaw Taylor
Releases New Song "All My Love"
New Album Reckless Heart 
Out May 17, 2019 on Silvertone/Sony
Pre-Order Available Now
U.S. Tour Kicks Off May 11, 2019
Tickets On Sale Now

British guitar siren and dynamic songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor has released her new song "All My Love" off her forthcoming studio album Reckless Heart, out on May 17 via Silvertone/SonyPRESS HERE to listen to the track which finds Joanne deliriously in love. Channeling her inner Tina Turner, "All My Love" accentuates Joanne's soulfully powerful rasp and audacious guitar skills. PRESS HEREto stream/download.

With a singular voice that will stop you in your tracks, Joanne Shaw Taylor will be unleashing her new album in the U.S. where audiences have been discovering her formidable talent that has already blazed a path of overseas acclaim. Both a make-up and a break-up album, which Billboard calls her "most soulful effort to date," Reckless Heart was written by Joanneduring two phases of a relationship: the fall out and getting back together. The album's lead radio single, "The Best Thing" (PRESS HERE to listen/watch), confidently puts a lover on warning for not committing. Reckless Heart is available now for pre-order. PRESS HERE and receive instant downloads of "All My Love" and "The Best Thing," along with "In The Mood," "Break My Heart Anyway," and "Bad Love."

On the heels of playing to packed venues across the UK, Joanne - a powerhouse performer - will bring her enthralling live show to the States for a run of headline dates and festivals across the country. The U.S. tour kicks off May 11th in celebration of the release of Reckless Heartand will continue through the fall. Tickets are on sale now at For a taste of what's in store, PRESS HERE to check out Joanne's live performance on BBC 2's Later...with Jools Holland.

Featuring Joanne's smoky rasp that rises from the legend of soul greats, Reckless Heart finds her in glorious form and a mischievous mood, one minute bearing her claws with catty lyrics and the next deliriously in love. Illuminating all the corners of her firecracker personality, Reckless Heart was borne out of a newfound openness and confidence that can only come with life experience. The 11-song collection explores emotions ranging from blaring anger to flirty love, from the rollicking "In The Mood" and the gritty, gospel-tinged "Reckless Heart"to the gorgeous, acoustic guitar-led "Break My Heart Anyway" and the unplugged gem "Jake's Boogie," recorded entirely live.

In several senses, it's an album of firsts for Joanne - the first made in her adopted home town of Detroit, the first produced by her close friend Al Sutton (Greta Van Fleet, Kid Rock), the first largely recorded live (with no guitar pedals, and with some of Detroit's best musicians - among them jazz drummer Ron Otis, bassist James Simonson, and keyboardists Phil Hale and Chris Codish), the first to feature an unplugged solo performance, and the first with her new label home Silvertone/Sony, following in the footsteps of Silvertone artists that she grew up listening to like Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Stone Roses. But it's also an album that pulls the past into the present. The good-time grooves of vintage, British blues-rock are given a modern makeover, while Joanne's cut-to-the-bone vocals take their cue from her soul heroines like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Mavis Staples.

Throughout her career, Joanne has won over fans such as Stevie WonderJoe Bonamassa(whose band played on Joanne's 2016's UK Top 20 hit album Wild), Foreigner (whom she opened for at venues like Royal Albert Hall) and Annie Lennox (with whom she performed in front of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012). Discovered at age 16 by Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, she has spent a decade releasing increasingly successful albums, touring the world, headlining festivals, and amassing awards, and 2019 is sure to bring a lot more from Joanne.

Reckless Heart Track Listing:
1. In The Mood
2. Reckless Heart
3. The Best Thing
4. Bad Love
5. I'm Only Lonely
6. Creepin'
7. I've Been Loving You Too Long
8. All My Love
9. Break My Heart Anyway
10. New 89
11. Jake's Boogie

Joanne Shaw Taylor 2019 Tour Dates:
May 11Phoenix, AZ @ MIM
May 17Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café 
May 18Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
May 20Chicago, IL @ City Winery
May 21Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
May 23Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
May 25Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
May 26Boston, MA @ City Winery
May 28New York, NY @ Iridium
May 30Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
May 31Greenville, NC @ State Theatre
June 1Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
June 3Nashville, TN @ City Winery
June 5Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
June 6Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds North Stage
June 7Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
June 22Lebanon, OH @ Rhythm and Brews
July 8Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
July 13Lancashire, United Kingdom @ Lytham Festival
July 20Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls JazzFest 
July 21Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota
July 26Sisters, OR @ Sisters Rhythm & Brews Fest
August 9Delafield, WI @ Waukesha Rotary Blues Fest
August 10Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues Festival
August 16-21Barcelona, Spain @ Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
September 5-8Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues Bender
September 13Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center
September 14Telluride, CO @ Telluride Blues & Brews
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Multiplatinum Icelandic quintet OF MONSTERS AND MEN announce their new album FEVER DREAM to be released on July 26, 2019.

Pre-order FEVER DREAM 
here and check out albums first single “Alligator” here.

In addition, the band announced the album with a series of exclusive limited-edition vinyl available on their online store. Fans can purchase the first edition at:

Finally, in celebration of the new music, the band have confirmed the television debut performance of “Alligator”on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) on May 15th.

Released just last week “Alligator” has already turned heads with NME praising it as having “a bombastic and driving sound” and Line of Best Fit calling it “undeniably catchy.” In addition, “Alligator” song was the #1 greatest gainer at alternative and #1 most added at Triple A radio - receiving strong support from those who have long awaited for the band’s return.

On “Alligator” co-vocalist Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir has taken center stage on the song not only as the lead vocalist, but also wrote the track as well. On the empowering anthem and what is coming next for the band they noted, "We are so excited about Alligator, the first release from our upcoming album. The song very much speaks to the excitement and energy that we feel about being back. We can’t wait to share more music and see everyone again.”
FEVER DREAM was co-produced by Rich Costey (MUSE, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches) and is the band’s third studio album.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN went from the talk of Iceland to the top of the global conversation on their 2011 debut, My Head Is An Animal. Not only did the record go platinum, but it also produced an international smash in the form of “Little Talks. The breakthrough single earned a quintuple-platinum certification from the RIAA, made history as “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify, and landed the band a performance on Saturday Night Live. The group appeared on official soundtracks for franchises such asThe Hunger GamesThe Walking Dead, and Beat Bugs, to name a few. In addition to performing at festivals such as Coachella, LollapaloozaFirefly, and beyond, they supported Florence + the Machine on a high-profile arena tour. In the midst of this rapid rise, 2015’s Beneath The Skin bowed in the Top 3 of the BillboardTop 200 and the band starred in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the same year.

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels' STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

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