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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Chris Dave and The Drumhedz Announces Debut Album’s Release Date; Unveils Debut Single

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Hip-hop outfit Chris Dave and the Drumhedz will make its debut in the new year.

The group, led by drummer and composer Chris Dave, the band will release its self-titled debut album Jan. 26 via Blue Note Records. It features appearances by Anderson, .Paak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal, SiR, Anna Wise and others.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the group has released its lead single ‘Destiny n Stereo (ft. Elzhi, Phonte Coleman, & Eric Roberson).’ The song is streaming now on SoundCloud. Pre-orders for Chris Dave and the Drumhedz are open now. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting:
1. Rocks Crying
2. Universal Language [ft. KRNDN, Sy Smith, D.Rose]
3. Dat Feelin [ft. Sir, Tiffany Gouche, Keyon Harrold]
4. Black Hole [ft. Anderson .Paak]
5. 2n1
6. Spread Her Wings [ft. Bilal, Tweet]
7. Whatever
8. Sensitive Granite [ft. Kendra Foster]
9. Cosmic Intercourse [ft. Stokley Williams, Casey Benjamin]
10. Atlanta, Texas [ft. Goapele and Shafiq Husayn]
11. Destiny n Stereo [ft. Elzhi, Phonte Coleman, Eric Roberson]
12. Clear View [ft. Anderson .Paak, Sir]
13. Job Well Done [ft. Anna Wise, Sir]
14. Lady Jane
15. Trippy Tipsy

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Website: http://chris-dave.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrisdaddydave

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Flobots Unveil New LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Liveloud

Courtesy: Liveloud

Flobots is giving fans a taste of its next album.

The band released the song ‘Pray’ (Extended) this week.  The song is the first single from the band’s upcoming album NOENEMIES.  The song is available at all digital retailers now.  It can be streamed online now here.  The song’s lyrics are available here.

‘Pray’ was written and recorded early in 2016 ahead of the presidential race between now President Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The band said the song is a call to action, addressing the problems of racism and division among America’s population.

The song is described as coming from the vantage point of a community realizing the result of its part in the racism that has become so present across the country. The community, in its realization, asks for collective forgiveness for its actions.

NOENEMIES’ lead sing samples an Alan Lomax performance of the Sacred Harp song ‘Antioch’ for its arrangement. A local Denver, CO Sacred Harp group was brought in to sing “re-imagined” lyrics to ‘Antioch’ for the introduction to the extended take on ‘Pray.’

Flobots member Johnny 5 said hearing ‘Antioch’ had a powerful impact on him, adding it led to a deep appreciation for Sacred Harp singing.

“When I first heard ‘Antioch’ it felt like an exorcism…,” Johnny 5 said. “Digging deeper, we realized that the entire culture of Sacred Harp singing fully embodies the spirit that has fueled the direction of our new music. Songs of power. Songs that celebrate community. Songs designed to be experienced,  not performed. Songs meant to be sung out with strength.”

Flobots will host a Facebook Live Q&A session on Jan. 30 to discuss in more depth the topics addressed in its new single. The session will begin at 10 p.m. ET.  Anyone wanting to take part can RSVP and present questions for the session here.

Flobots will also partner with Denver, CO-based dance company Wonderbound for a series of live performance collaborations dubbed “Divisions” to promote its new album.  The collaboration will see the group performing dance routines to Flobots’ new songs.

The performances begin April 14 and run through April 30.  They will be held at a series of venues around Denver.  Fans can check out the dates for the shows and purchase tickets here.

More information on Flobots’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.flobots.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/flobots

 

 

 

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Heaven Below Reveals Release Date, Teaser Stream For Its New Album

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group has expanded its roster again.

Heaven Below, which features Union Underground/Lita Ford guitarist Patrick Kennison, has joined the label’s ever-growing stable of up-and-coming artists.  The band will release its new album Good Morning Apocalypse via EMP Label Group on Friday, October 14th.  The album, the band’s fourth full-length studio effort, is a concept record that is set in a post-apocalyptic world.  It features guest appearances from Lita Ford, Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Kobra Paige of Kobra and the Lotus.  Kennison explained in an interview that the album has been in the works for some time.

“Nearly four years ago the band and I decided that wed like to start working on a concept record,” he said. “We knew how ambitious it sounded to even consider that, but once several legendary artists offered to help make it become a reality, we knew we had something.”

Kennison also discussed the album’s overall sound, noting its mix of old school rock and more modern elements.  “With over 30 songs written, we narrowed it down to the top 12,” he said.  “Udo Dirkschneider, Lita Ford, Jason McMaster, and Kobra Paige all stepped up to lend their amazing talents.  We feel this album is a powerful culmination of old school metal meets current fresh metal.  This kind of undertaking only comes along once in a lifetime, and we think we captured this moment on Good Morning Apocalypse.  The timing was perfect with EMP’s outside of the box approach to new music.”

The band has made available a teaser stream featuring samples of each of the album’s 12 songs online now via Soundcloud.  Audiences can check out the stream online now here.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
01. Nefarious Angels (feat. Jason McMaster)
02. Renegade Protest Movement
03. Follow Me Under 04. Devilina And The Damage Done (feat. Kobra Paige)
05. Nightfall Comes To Life
06. Killing The Deadman
07. Running Under Satan’s Hand (feat. Lita Ford)
08. Death Battalion
09. Bonded By Blood
10. Black Sunrise/ War Of The Gods (feat. Udo Dirkschneider)
11. Among The Wolves/Worldwide Suicide
12. I Would Do It All Again/Burials At Sunset

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Website: http://www.heavenbelow.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/heavenbelow

 

 

 

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Leprous Announces New Live Dates; Offers Update On Live DVD

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous North American Tour 2017 Tour Poster

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Leprous has announced a new, extensive, tour schedule.

The Norwegian prog-metal band has announced an extensive new tour schedule.  The tour includes a 23-date North American headlining tour beginning Tuesday, September 27th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tour will take the band throughout both the United States and Canada and wraps Saturday, October 27th in Mexico City, Mexico.  The band is also scheduled to perform at a trio of festivals, one of which is in the midst of that North American tour.  The other two festivals come ahead of and following the band’s upcoming tour.  After the band wraps  its North American Tour it will take off the rest of the year in order to rest and recharge for its European tour with Between The Buried and Me and Devin Townsend Project.  That tour launches January 28th in Antwerpen, Belgium and runs through March 10th in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  Vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg discussed the European tour in a recent interview noting, “We’re very happy to be a part of such a fantastic tour package, and it will be pure joy to play together with both Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project! We believe this tour can help us up to the next level, and that there are many potential new followers to convince here!”  Both of the band’s upcoming tour schedules are noted below.

 

Here is a list of all upcoming shows for LEPROUS:
 
LEPROUS – European festival dates 2016:
08.11.2016 Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Open Air / www.brutalassault.cz
09.03.2016 Bryne (Norway) – Brynerocken / www.brynerocken.no
11.04.2016 Barcelona (Spain) – AMFest / www.amfest.es
LEPROUS – North American headline tour with Earthside, Binary Code and Dissona:
09.27.2016 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl at Center Stage
09.28.2016 Baltimore, MD – Cafe 611
09.29.2016 TBA
09.30.2016 New York City, NY – Gramercy Theater
10.01.2016 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theater
10.02,2016 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10.03,2016 Montreal, QC – TBA
10.04/05.2016 Quebec City, QC – TBA
10.06.2016 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
10.07,2016 Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
10.08.2016 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
10.09.2016 Minneapolis, MN – TBA
10.11.2016 Calgary AB – Distortion
10.12.2016 Vancouver, BC – Red Room
10.13.2016 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
10.14.2016 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
10.15.2016 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
10.16.2016 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
10.17.2016 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10.19.2016 San Antonio, TX – Rockbox
10.20.2016 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
10.21.2016 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10.22.2016 Mexico City, MX – Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only!
LEPROUS – European tour with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me:
01.28.017 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix * No BTBAM
01.30.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
01.31.2017 Paris (France) – Bataclan
02.01.2017 Bordeaux (France) – Rockschool Barbey
02.03.2017 Madrid (Spain) – La Reviera
02.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz 2
02.05.2017 Marseille (France) – Le Moulin
02.07.2017 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
02.08.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
02.09.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn
02.10.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
02.12.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Club
02.13.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
02.14.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
02.16.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) – The Roxy
02.17.2017 Leipzig (Germany) – Täubchenthal
02.18.2017 Kraków (Poland) – Kwadrat
02.19.2017 Warsaw (Poland) – Stodola
02.21.2017 Hamburg (Germany) – Grünspan
02.22.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) – Voxhall
02.23.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) – Pustervik
02.25.2017 Bergen (Norway) – Blastfest
02.26.2017 Oslo (Norway) – Sentrum Scene
02.28.2017 Helsinki (Finland) – The Circus
03.01.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) – Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) – Berns
03.04.2017 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
03.05.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio
03.07.2017 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater
03.08.2017 Dortmund (Germany) – FZW
03.09.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013
03.10.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – De Melkweg

 

Along with its upcoming tour dates, the band is also putting the finishing touches on its new live DVD, which is currently set to be released later this year.  Its title has not yet been revealed.  Solberg discussed the DVD in his interview, too noting what fans can expect from the recording in comparison to so many other live recordings out there.  “The recording of the DVD went great, and it was one of the best nights of our career so far!,” he said.  We just received the rough mix of the Audio, and we can tell that it’s definitely approved. On most live albums these days, bands are re-recording most of the stuff afterwards in the studio, to make it sound “perfect”. For us that’s out of question. We wanna keep the live feel, especially to give a big contrast to the rather “perfected” studio albums! Definitely more organic!”

Leprous’ new live DVD and its upcoming tour are in support of its most recent full-length studio recording The Congregation.  It is still available now in standard jewel case CD, digital download, limited edition Media Book CD, and 2LP platform.  The 2LP platform also includes a bonus track titled ‘Pixel.’  The album can be purchased in physical  form throughout Europe from the IOM web shop.  While audiences await the band’s upcoming live dates and live DVD, they can check out the video for ‘The Price’ now here.  It is one of the songs included in the body of The Congregation.  Audiences can also view the lyric video for ‘Slave’ online via the band’s official YouTube channel.  ‘Rewind’ is streaming in full now also via SoundCloud.

More information on Leprous’ upcoming tour, live DVD, news, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.leprous.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/leprousband

 

 

 

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The Reverend Shawn Amos Premieres New Video; Announces New Live Dates

The Reverend Shawn Amos unveiled a new music video last week.  He also announced a new handful of live dates in support of his latest album The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You.

The Reverend Shawn Amos debuted the video for his song ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me (When I Get Home)’ last week.  The song is taken from his latest full-length studio recording The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, which was released late last year.  Audiences can see the video online now via Amos’ official YouTube channel.  The video uses some interesting imagery to drive home song’s lyrical theme.  This should be kept in mind in watching the video.

 

Courtesy:  Put Together Records

Courtesy: Put Together Records

 

‘You’re Gonna Miss Me (When I Get Home)’ and its companion video are just the latest from Amos, who is in fact a fully ordained minister.  ‘Bright Lights, Big City,’ the album’s lead single, was premiered via Yahoo Music.  ‘Days of Depression,’ which features backing vocals from the world famous Blind Boys of Alabama, premiered online at Relix.  And ‘Brand New Man’ made its debut online at PureVolume.

Along with the release of his latest single, Amos also announced a new group of select live dates.  The performances are specifically in California.  They include performances in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma, California.  The full schedule of dates is noted below.

Tour Dates:
4/29 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Boathouse Collective
5/06 – Los Angeles, CA – Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill
5/14 – Los Angeles, CA – TEDxEchoPark
5/20 –  Costa Mesa, CA – The Boathouse Collective
6/03 – Los Angeles, CA – Mr. C Beverly Hills
6/04 – Los Angeles, CA – Mr. C Beverly Hills
6/09 – Las Vegas, NV – Palazzo / Venetian
6/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Mr. C Beverly Hills
6/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Mr. C Beverly Hills

6/17 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Boathouse Collective

8/11 – Santa Rosa, CA – Krush Backyard Concert
8/12 – Petaluma, CA – The Big Easy

 

Amos, who is the son of Famous Amos Cookies’ magnate Wally “Famous” Amos (of Famous Amos cookies) and nightclub singer Shirl-ee May Ellis, has been very busy making the media rounds in publicizing his album along with his live dates and single releases.  He was a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition recently.  During his interview with host Karen Grisby, Amos discussed his upbringing and its impact on his music.  That interview can be heard here now.  He was also recently a musical guest on Good Day New York, ABC News, and Classicalite.  More information on Amos’ upcoming appearances, live dates, music, and more is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.shawnamos.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShawnAmos

 

 

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Whitechapel Reveals New LP Specs; Unveils Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Whitechapel has a new album on the way.

The Tennessee-based death metal band announced this week that it will release its sixth full-length studio recording this summer.  Mark of the Blade will be released in stores and online on Friday, June 24th.  The album will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records.  In anticipation of its release, the band has unveiled the lyric video for the album’s lead single, which is also its title track.  The video is currently streaming online via the band’s page at Metal Blade Records’ website.

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

 

 

Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) manned the boards for the 11-song record.  It is not the first time that he has worked with the band.  He also helmed the band’s self-titled 2012 album and its follow-up, 2014’s This Endless War.  Guitarist Alex Wade discussed the changes that listeners can expect from the band this time out with the press, noting the dynamic contrast of the songs and the role of the band members’ personal growth in the album’s sound.  “It’s the most dynamic record we’ve done, in the sense that one song can be very aggressive while the next one will be softer and sentimental,”  he said.  “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.”   The album’s complete track list is noted below.

Mark of the Blade track-listing
1. The Void
2. Mark of the Blade
3. Elitist Ones
4. Bring Me Home
5. Tremors
6. A Killing Industry
7. Tormented
8. Brotherhood
9. Dwell in the Shadows
10. Venomous
11. Decennium

Whitechapel will hit the road this summer in support of Mark of the Blade beginning May 4th in Fayetteville, AR and currently ends on May 22nd.  Fit For A King, The Plot in You, and Enterprise Earth.  After it wraps that tour, it will take some time off before joining up on the annual Van’s Warped Tour beginning June 24th in Dallas, TX.  The band’s run on the Warped Tour goes through August 13th in Portland, Oregon.  Both tour schedules are noted below.

 

 Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Fit for a King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth

May 4 – Fayetteville, AR – Georfe’s Majestic Lounge
May 5 – Springfield, MO – The Outland Ballroom
May 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
May 7 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe
May 8 – Wichita, KS – Rock Island
May 10 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
May 11 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
May 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
May 13 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
May 14 – Reading, PA – Reverb Concerts
May 15 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
May 17 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
May 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
May 19 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
May 20 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
May 21 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
May 22 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s by the Sea

Whitechapel Warped Tour dates
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park Main Street Lot
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World)
June 29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 30 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 27 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
July 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Salt River Fields
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA – White River
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center

 

More information on Mark of the Blade is available online now along with all of Whitechapel’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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