Music News

All the latest music news from Monsters and Critics. We will try and keep you up-to-date with the latest tour news, album releases and other music info.

Frozen’s Idina Menzel to release Christmas album

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Coming off the success of Disney’s Frozen, Tony Award-winner singer/actor Idina Menzel is set to get in the Christmas spirit with her new album ‘Holiday Wishes’ – which will hit store shelves October 14th on Warner Bros. Records.Produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey), Menzel’s album features Christmas favorites like […]

Rock icons AC/DC back with ‘Rock or Bust’

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Rock icons AC/DC are set to release the band’s new studio album ‘Rock or Bust’ December 2nd on Columbia Records. The release is the band’s first studio album in six years and features 11 new tracks.AC/DC, who saw their last studio album ‘Black Ice’ debut at No. 1 in 31 countries, recorded ‘Rock or Bust’ […]

Still Liking It Slow, Leonard Cohen Is Back, New LP Drops Sept. 23

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Still liking it slow, not because he’s old, Leonard Cohen drops his new LP “Popular Problems” available next Tuesday, September 23 (Columbia Records).In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. Cohen […]

Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato Headline Vevo Certified SuperFanFest Concert October 8

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Vevo announced today Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato will co-headline its first-ever Vevo Certified SuperFanFest concert event presented by Honda Stage.The event is at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA on October 8, the concert performances will be filmed and made available beginning October 16 to all viewers across Vevo’s online, TV and mobile […]

Bono, U2 Give Away New LP Via iTunes, Apple Pays Bill

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Apple paid the bill to Bono and U2 so that their new album giveaway could coincide with the new iPhone and iWatch product launch. U2 will provide the soundtrack to Apple’s advertising campaign and see Songs of Innocence, their first album in five years, made available as a free download via the iTunes store for […]

Annie Lennox May Be Retiring

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Annie Lennox may be retiring, but for good reason. “I’ve stopped writing because I’m too happy,” says the former Eurythmics singer according to Rolling Stone. “I’d rather be not successful and happy than be super-successful and absolutely miserable”Speaking at an onstage Q&A in London Monday night to launch Nostalgia, her sixth solo album, Lennox said […]

KORN Join Slipknot On “Prepare For Hell” Tour This Fall

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KORN Join Slipknot On “Prepare For Hell” Tour This FallAre you ready for one of the heaviest tours in rock history?KORN will join fellow hard rock juggernaut Slipknot this fall on the Prepare For Hell tour, marking the first time that these two trailblazers have teamed up for a full run. The arena tour, also […]

Tiny Danza are “Killin’ It” VIDEO

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Right now you’re on a need to know basis, and you need to know about these guys…and their bassist. Tiny Danza is back and weirder than ever.If you’re here for wholesome family fun, you’ve come to the right place. These guys are all about keeping it in the family in this mob inspired video.After winning […]

Johnny Marr Tour Dates and New LP VIDEO

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Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr has released “Easy Money” – the first single from his upcoming album ‘Playland’ due out October 7th on Warner Music Group.Following a first listen on BBC 6 Music, Johnny Marr describes the video as, “A ‘high times in low rent England’ kind of thing whereas the song ‘Easy Money’ is more […]

High Priestess of R&B, Bettye LaVette’s West Coast Blitz, Dates and Details

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Betty LaVette is one of those incandescent glowing talents, and she has emerged as a brilliant interpreter of other musicians’ songs, turning everything from rock classics and anthems to R&B chestnuts into something powerfully hers and hers alone.In 2008, at the Kennedy Center Honors, it was her stunning live performance of The Who’s “Love Reign […]

Brett Dennen Announces Fall Tour, Dates VIDEO

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Music Spotlight: Brett Dennen Announces Fall TourIn continued support of his latest album ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ which Rolling Stone proclaimed is “his strongest effort yet,” and NPR added is “deeply personal work,” Brett Dennen has announced an even more personal new fall tour, “Watercolors: A Special Acoustic Evening.”The 13-date US trek begins on September 25th […]

Kinky Friedman, Champion of Pot, Abandoned Dogs and Texas Jewboys on Tour, Dates

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Monsters and Critics loves Kinky Friedman for his big cigar smoking, dog lovin,’ telling it like it is politicking (at times) ways and wishes there were more telling it like it is Texans in the forefront of the news just like him.Good news for folks who are fans of Kinky Friedman, as his Victory Tour […]

Nicki Minaj Teases ‘Anaconda’ in Video Snippet WATCH!

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Booty mix-master maestro Dr. Constantino Mendieta of Miami is going to be BUSY based on the buzz over Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda LP.The singer – who sounds like she’s been hitting Helium – released her single teaser which features…SURPRISE! – Booties unleashed in the wild.Nicki Minaj collaborated with Sir Mix-A-Lot, sampling her new single “Anaconda” to […]

Wynonna & The Big Noise’s ‘A Simpler Christmas’ Tour Dates and More

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It’s sweltering outside, but did you know that Wynonna & The Big Noise’s ‘A Simpler Christmas’ Tour Dates are here?Wynonna–along with her band, The Big Noise–will bring A Simpler Christmas to audiences for the second year in a row as she performs some of her holiday favorites as well as her greatest hits.Finely etched musical […]

Interview: Rubén Blades Takes Time To ‘Tango’

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When Rubén Blades was growing up in Panama, tango was all around him, but he confesses that he never paid attention to it. His parents were fans of the music that originated more than a century ago in the dockside clubs of Argentina’s seaport capital of Buenos Aires.“Like every other teenager in the 1960s who […]

Trace Adkins’ 2014 Summer Tour Dates, FOX & Friends Fenway Park Details

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Country crooner and reality TV star Trace Adkins and his Sarepta Gentlemen’s Club band will bring the big man’s biggest hits to the Fox & Friends Summer Concert stage on Friday (8/1). The hour-long concert is open to the public and will showcase the hitmaker’s long list of smash singles on-air and online, with a […]

Interview: Pop Musician Rick Kelly Talks New LP

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Rick Kelly’s voice is a gentle blend of soul, contemporary pop and classic standards. An accomplished musician, Kelly does everything from dreaming up his next single to working on the musical arrangements, to laying down his rich voice for the lead vocals.Sporting his signature five o’clock shadow and wearing a casual rock shirt, Kelly comfortably […]

Kenny Rogers Interview, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, August 16

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American treasure Kenny Rogers will participate in a special interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, August 16.The expert-led conversation will take place in conjunction with the debut of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, a biographical exhibit in the museum’s East Gallery opening August 15, 2014, and running until June […]

Lena Fayre, OKO Album Review

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Must hear: After Lena Fayre’s debut EP in 2013 garnered her international success and “10 New Artists You Need to Know: February 2014″ accolades from Rolling Stone Magazine, the newly-minted 18 year old returns this summer with OKO, her much-anticipated follow-up.Heavily influenced by art, literature and fashion, Lena’s musical interests growing up included Elvis, The […]

Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter, Dead At 70

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Texas Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter has died, He was 70 years old.The Grammy winning guitarist, who produced blues legend Muddy Waters and co-wrote “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo,” was on tour in Europe at the time of his death and died in Zurich, Switzerland according to Reuters.Winter had been on tour in Europe and […]

A Concert A Day from Yahoo and Live Nation, Details

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Yahoo and Live Nation are joining forces to bring music fans a front row seat to a live concert every day, all year long (365 shows!) on the new Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.The live concert streams will kick off on July 15 with “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” at the […]

Blake Shelton First Headliner for 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival

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Mega recording artist and TV star Blake Shelton is announced as the first headliner for the 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival.Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice & More Bring Country Stampede to CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 12Thousands of country music fans flocked to Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, and soaked in […]

Norway’s Grammy Winning Monica Heldal Breaks Through VIDEOS

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Spotlight: Norway’s Monica Heldal.If you take the effortless, ethereal vocal delivery of Alisson Krauss, pair it with guitar skills capable of shredding acoustic versions of any Zeppelin anthem, and then mix the two with a gift for songwriting worthy of garnering endorsements from the likes of icons such as Tom Petty, you have a recipe […]

Paul McCartney Bounces Back, Rocks Albany

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Back doing what he loves, rocker Paul McCartney has returned to the stage after a hospitalization from a nasty virus.McCartney fell ill for two months because of a virus, and was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo in May because of the viral infection. The illness forced him to cancel a Japanese tour and a concert in […]

Allman Brothers Band Announce On-sale Info For Final Performances, Tour dates

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Music news: Allman Brothers Band Announce On-sale Info For Final Performances, Tour datesFOUR POSTPONED BEACON THEATRE SHOWS IN NEW YORK CITY SET FOR OCTOBER 21, 22, 24 & 25 AND FINAL TWO CONCERTS OCTOBER 27 & 28The Allman Brothers have announced the on-sale information for the final shows for the Rock & Roll Hall of […]