Machine Head Releases More New Music From ‘Catharsis’

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Veteran metal act Machine Head will release its latest album Catharsis next week.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band last week released the album’s latest single, ‘Bastards.’

‘Bastards’ is perhaps the band’s boldest composition to date because it is an extremely stark departure from everything that fans have ever come to know from the band.  Rather than being a full-on exhibition of anger and frustration, this song, musically, is a much more thoughtful work that still expresses its own share of frustration about America’s current political and social state.

What so many audiences are perhaps missing about this song is that it is sung from the standpoint of a parent trying to explain the things going on in the world to one’s child/children.  He clearly points that out in the song’s lead verse, which explains why this song is such a noticeable departure for the band from the rest of its works.  It also exhibits a certain emotional growth in front man Robb Flynn, too, to which true audiences should be happy.  It shows a willingness by Flynn and company to go out on a limb and try something that is completely alien to them.

Along with ‘Bastards,’ Machine head has also already released the singles ‘Beyond The Pale,’ ‘Catharsis,’ and live clips for ‘Now We Die‘ and ‘Ten Ton Hammer.’  The live clips are included in the full live recording included in Catharsis’ deluxe edition.  The concert is a full 20-song concert originally filmed from a performance the band held in 2015 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California.

Pre-orders are open now for Catharsis.  The track listing for the album’s standard and deluxe edition is noted below.

CATHARSIS TRACK LISTING:
1. Volatile
2. Catharsis
3. Beyond the Pale
4. California Bleeding
5. Triple Beam
6. Kaleidoscope
7. Bastards
8. Hope Begets Hope
9. Screaming At the Sun
10. Behind a Mask
11. Heavy Lies the Crown
12. Psychotic
13. Grind You Down
14. Razorblade Smile
15. Eulogy

BONUS CD/DVD DIGIPAK TRACK LISTING:
1. Imperium
2. Beautiful Mourning
3. Now We Die
4. Bite The Bullet
5. Locust
6. From This Day
7. Ten Ton Hammer
8. This Is The End
9. Beneath The Silt
10. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears
11. Darkness Within
12. Bulldozer
13. Killers & Kings
14. Davidian
15. Descend The Shades Of Night
16. Now I Lay Thee Down
17. Take My Scars
18. Aesthetics Of Hate
19. Game Over
20. Old
21. Halo

The band will hit the road the day before Catharsis’ release for a nearly six-week tour that includes performances in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois and a host of other cities. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

MACHINE HEAD ON TOUR:
1/25 — Phoenix, AZ —  Nile Theater
1/27 — Albuquerque, NM —  Sunshine Theater
1/29 — San Antonio, TX —  Aztec Theater
1/30 — Dallas, TX —  Gas Monkey Live!
1/31 — Houston,TX —  HOB
2/2 — Birmingham, AL —  Saturn
2/3 —Pensacola, FL —  Vinyl MH
2/5 — Orlando, FL —  Plaza Live
2/6 — Atlanta, GA —  Centerstage
2/8 — Philadelphia, PA —  Theatre of Living Arts
2/9 — New York, NY —  Playstation
2/10 — Boston, MA —  Paradise Rock Club
2/11 — Montreal, QC —  Club Soda
2/13 — Toronto, ON —  Danforth MH
2/14 — Buffalo, NY —  Town Ballroom
2/15 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
2/16 — Cleveland, OH —  Agora
2/17 — Detroit, MI —  Majestic
2/20 — Des Moines, IA —  Woolys
2/21 — Madison, WI —  Majestic
2/22 — Minneapolis, MN —  First Avenue
2/23 — Chicago, IL —  Concord MH
2/24 — Saint Louis, MO —  Pops
2/27 — Denver, CO —  Summit MH
3/1 — Las Vegas, NV —  HOB
3/2 — Los Angeles, CA —  Fonda
3/3 — Oakland, CA —  The Fox Theater
3/5 — Portland, OR —  Roseland
3/6 — Vancouver, BC —  Commodore
3/7 — Seattle, WA —  Showbox Market

Tickets, VIP packages and dates are all available here.

More information on Machine Head’s upcoming live dates, music, and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.machinehead1.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MachineHead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MfnH

 

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Small Town Titans Unveils ‘Dragonfly’ Single, Video

Independent rock act Small Town Titans unveiled this week some of its most powerful music to date.

The band unveiled its new single ‘Dragonfly,’ which is a tribute to front man Phil Freeman’s mother, who lost her three-year battle with cancer last year.  The song is a simple yet powerful tune that features Freeman alone on guitar singing his heartfelt tribute to his mother in a dimly lit studio setting.

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Freeman explained the inspiration for the song and its title in a recent interview, saying that dragonflies held special meaning for his mother, adding it was also meant to bring solace to anyone else who has ever lost a loved one due to illness.

“This song was written for my mother,” Freeman said.  “She passed away in February of 2017 after a three-year battle with cancer. She loved dragonflies which happen to have deep spiritual significance in many traditions and cultures, representing love, freedom of spirit and compassion. She embodied all of these qualities…The intent of this song is to celebrate her life and bring a little light and love to anyone who may be dealing with the grief of losing someone to illness. She was and is an amazing soul, and I hope this song captures a tiny glimmer of her spirit for the person listening to it.” ‘

Audiences can stream and download ‘Dragonfly’ now here.  More information on ‘Dragonfly’ is available online now along with all of Small Town Titans’ latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://smalltowntitans.com

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Music Super Group August Greene Unveils Debut LP’s Lead Single, ‘Optimistic’

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Multi-faceted and talented performer Common has joined forces with equally famed pianist/producer Robert Glasper and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins to form a new music super group, and the group is already getting audiences excited about its forthcoming debut album.

The group, known as August Greene, will release its self-titled debut album via Amazon Music on March 9.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted this week the album’s lead single, ‘Optimistic (ft. Brandy)’ via NPR Music.  The song, streaming now via SoundCloud, mixes a gentle, flowing R&B arrangement that echoes hints of some of Brandy’s most beloved classic hits with an equally flowing, almost easy jazzy piano line and solid hip-hop rhythm for a song that is certain to reach so many listeners.

No online presence has yet been established for August Greene.  The group is set to make its live debut at New York City’s Highline Ballroom for Robert Glasper’s sixth annual Grammy(R) Joint.

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Anti-Flag Unveils New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

Veteran punk band Anti-Flag unveiled this week, the video for its latest single, ‘Finish What We Started.’

The band premiered the video online via website Brooklyn Vegan.  The video presents the band performing the song in a setting that is meant to look like a practice space, crossing that with statistics about gun violence, sexual violence against women, hate crimes and immigration issues.

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

‘Finish What We Started’ is taken from the band’s most recent album, 2017’s American Fall.  The album was released Nov. 3 via Spinefarm Records.

Audiences will get to hear ‘Finish What We Started’ and lots of other songs from the band’s new album (as well as other AF hits) on its current headlining tour.  The tour launched Tuesday, Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 11.  It includes performances in Portland, OR; Houston, TX; Washington, D.C. and a number of other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
01/18 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
01/19 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
01/20 – Denver, CO – Summit
01/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
01/23 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
01/24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/25 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
01/26 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
01/27 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
01/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
01/30 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
01/31 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
02/02 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
02/03 – Houston, TX – Walters
02/04 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
02/06 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/07 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
02/08 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
02/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/10 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
02/11 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

More information on Anti-Flag’s new video, its tour dates and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://anti-flag.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anti_flag

 

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Leprous Joins The Dear Hunter As Support For BTBAM Headlining Tour

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Leprous has announced a new slate of live dates in support of its latest album Malina.

The band will join The Dear Hunter for a five-week headlining run by Between The Buried and Me across America.  Leprous’ performances are in support of Malina which was released last year via InsideOut Music while BTBAM’s dates are in support of its upcoming album Automata 1, which will be released March 9 via Sumerian Records.

The tour launches March 2 in Chicago, Illinois and runs through April 7 in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  It also includes performances in Houston, Texas; Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle, WA and a number of other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates

3.2 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3.3 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
3.5 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
3.6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
3.8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
3.9 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3.10 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
3.11 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
3.13 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
3.15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
3.16 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
3.17 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
3.19 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
3.20 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
3.21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Ballroom
3.23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theater
3.24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
3.27 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
3.28 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
3.30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
3.31 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
4.2 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
4.3 – Boston, MA – Royale
4.4 – New York City, NY – Playstation Theater
4.5 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore Silver Spring
4.6 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
4.7 – Mount Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre

Pre-sales for tickets are open now. General ticket sales open at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Website: http://www.leprous.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA

 

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PBS Tackles Today’s Social, Economic Issues With A Trip Back In Time In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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This winter, PBS and Public Media Distribution will take audiences back in time to one of America’s most important eras in another new episode of its hit history-based series American Experience.

American ExperienceThe Gilded Age is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 6.  The story, which will be available on DVD and Digital HD, takes audiences to the transitional period between the end of the 19th century and the start of 20th Century.  It was during this period that America became a leader in the production of food, coal, oil and steel.  That growth also led to one of the nation’s widest income gaps.  That gap also led to discussions on wealth distribution, government control of that distribution and more, including questions of immigration and opportunity — questions which are just as relevant today as they were at that time.

American ExperienceThe Gilded Age runs two hours on one disc.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanExperiencePBS

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AmExperiencePBS

 

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Shout! Factory, GKids Partner To Release Updated Take Of Classic Brothers Grimm Story

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Shout! Factory’s partnership with GKids is producing yet another home release for both companies this winter.

The Girl Without Hands is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, Feb. 20 in stores and online.  The movie, based on the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It follows a young girl who is being chased by the devil yet is protected by the grace of God.

The story is not one that would be suitable for younger viewers, despite being released via GKids as it deal with the girl’s hands being cut off and being pursued by the devil, but rather for older audiences.  It does have a positive ending, though.

This take on the Grimms’ classic story debuted at the ACID section at the most recent Cannes film festival and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Cesar Awards, a French film honors festival.  It won the Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, which is a French festival celebrating animated films.  It features the voice talents of Anais Demoustier (ThereseThe Snows of KilimanjaroSweet Evil) and Jeremie Elkaim (Declaration of WarHand in HandMarguerite & Julien).

Along with its main feature, The Girl Without Hands will also feature a handful of bonuses including an interview with director Sebastien Laudenbach and some of his own short films.  It also features a “making of” featurette and a trailer for the movie.

The Girl Without Hands will retail for MSRP of $22.97 on DVD/BD combo pack and $16.97 on DVD, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced cost of $18.97 (DVD/BD) and $13.97 (DVD) via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

More information on this and other titles from GKids is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.gkids.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GKIDSfilms

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GKIDSfilms

 

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