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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.

Catch Crookers North American Tour, Dates and More

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Before there was Skrillex, or DJ Snake, the EDM scene belonged to a funkier batch of producers, zeroth to Dubstep and Twerk Bass was Europe’s insatiable Fidget House movement. I remember going to the Hard Haunted Mansion festival (now Hard Day of the Dead, and now +18) in 2009 and seeing some of the best producers of House, including British beat scientist Fake Blood, then burgeoning Wobble masters Jack Beats and American genre defiers Major Lazer (when Switch was still in the group), but it was Italian duo Crookers that took the show. Their brand of House was noisy, intoxicating […]

Top Ten Albums Of 1967

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The year 1967 was one of the most influential in all of rock music history. There was a whole new sound, and people started to become one with each other and allow the music to bring them together. A time where war was a huge topic, and a big contributor to the thriving music scene and a controversial subject matter that musicians could not stop talking about.This was the year of the famous Summer of Love which aided in the hippie counterculture, and brought social awareness, as well as being open with a lot of drug use. Being creative and […]

Five Must Watch Music Videos

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Whatever happen to music videos? Did they die with the CDs? Where can I find them? All fair questions. Since MTV has gone to do whatever the hell they’re doing (how about “True Life: We Ruined a Network”), plus the music industry has shifted into a “festival this and tour that” business model, the music video has had to evolve with the precarious times we live in.Let’s face it, YouTube killed the Video star. For a good while now record labels have been pushing out visual swill to accompany their new singles, as it is apparent typically without the artists […]

Go Deep with Cerebral Three Hour Mix by Lane 8

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Deep House is the most exciting, yet accessible, iteration of Electronic Music that is currently taking the scene by storm, be it the arena bangers of Oliver Heldens, the funky Pop treatment of Disclosure or the surreal works of Justin Martin, Deep is in vogue and I am loving it. This past month I had the pleasure of covering Above & Beyond’s “We Are All We Need” sold out show at the L.A. Forum. The opener that night was spinning some of the best House tunes I’ve ever heard at a show, what is typically expected to be a warm […]

Richie Hawtin Proudly Presents for 2015: CNTRL Tour

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Richie Hawtin proudly presents for 2015: CNTRL:Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, a college campus tour. Beginning April 15 in Boston, MA at Berklee College of Music and Middle East Downstairs, this innovative, inventive, and immersive experience will touch down at colleges and hot spots in eight major college markets across North America before finishing up in Los Angeles April 25th at UCLA and the Hollywood Palladium.In 2012, CNTRL established a groundbreaking model of daytime lectures on music, technology, and their intersection and nighttime performances that proved to be a first for the genre. Now, that template expands and evolves […]

Nostalgia Bomb: 80’s Hardcore Ten Essentials

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Punk isn’t dead, it just collects AARP checks. From the howls of Proto-Pioneers Los Saicos or MC5 to the distorted riffs of bands new and old going strong today, Punk Rock has lived on for a good, long time.Take a moment to go with me down memory lane, spending most of my youth and adolescence in the Bush years and the insipid music that came with them, nose diving into punk rock was the only logical choice. I wanted to break away from all the Pop loving jagoffs at my middle school, because I was clearly so much cooler than […]

Slipknot’s Guitarist Mick Thomson Stabbed In Head By Brother

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Before we begin this little news story of two brothers who have some issues, note that metal band Slipknot is not like other bands. They huff dead things, have strangers pee on them, break stuff for no reason and poop on stage.Okay, so Slipknot’s guitarist Mick Thomson was stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his brother in Iowa, authorities say. Thomson reportedly got into it with his brother on Wednesday. The 41-year-old guitarist and his brother got into “an altercation” with his younger sibling Andrew at a residency in Des Moines, Iowa in the early hours of […]

Make Time For Pacific Northwest Group, Chastity Belt

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Formed at a liberal arts college in East Washington, Chastity Belt blend surf-goth and party punk so casually it almost sounds accidental. Their lyrics are dark, deadpan, sarcastic and relatable, carelessly sprinkling party scenes with bits of everyday feminism and social politics without ever getting preachy. Musically, they have a minimal aesthetic, drowning crunchy chords and clean, repetitive riffs in a bath of warm reverb while the plucky bass and driving drums keep the songs pumping. Self taught, they make the most of a stripped down sound and DIY recording, laying out atmospheric pop songs that have enough energy and […]

Review: Skullcandy’s Air Raid Bluetooth Speaker

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I believe music should go everywhere you go, headphones are great while you’re out in the big world, but sometimes you want everyone around you to hear the awesome music you have been listening to. Whether you’re at the beach, in the park or a very awkward party, you should fill the boring air with some awesome tunes, luckily Bluetooth speakers get the job done right.For the past couple of years Bluetooth technology has taken the consumer audio world by storm, let’s face it, wireless connection is convenient and logical. Whether it’s your car or your computer that already has […]

Exclusive: Eddie Trunk of ‘That Metal Show’ Interview

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Eddie Trunk has truly been the pioneer for getting metal and hard rock the attention it needs. He was playing metal back in the 80’s on his own radio show, and showing to the masses how incredible of a genre it really is. He has done the radio stuff, TV, and has even worked for a label. He truly has experienced pretty much every aspect of the music industry.  Right now his biggest project is a show on VH1 Classic called That Metal Show. It’s essentially a talk show with all the craziest of metal fans and the wackiest metal […]

Kelly Clarkson’s Career Still Hot, Tour Dates Announced

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She may hate people referencing her American Idol roots, but the “OG” Texan winner of the FOX talent series that featured stand up comic Brian Dunkleman with a young Ryan Seacrest back in 2002 blew the doors off the entire reality competition genre. We witnessed Kelly Clarkson sing this winning song, and then go on to a truly rewarding solo career: On the release date of her sixth studio album Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson released the dates for her extensive tour of North America in 2015. The Piece By Piece tour boasts 36 dates and features special guests Pentatonix […]

Andrew Bayer Announces “Do Androids Dream” EP Along With North America Tour

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The genre-bending Andrew Bayer has announced his biggest tour yet in a DJ career that has been built on exclusive and elusive performances – most notably at New York’s Madison Square Garden last October. Which you can watch here:Comprising of 11 exclusive headline shows across the USA and Canada, the Do Androids Dream Part 2 tour will be Andrew’s only North America club dates in the first half of 2015 – and will coincide one of his most sonically ambitious studio projects to date.Scheduled for release on April 2, the accompanying 5-track Do Androids Dream’ mini-album comprises 26 minutes of […]

Modestep Announce “London Road” along with Releasing New Single “Machines”

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I love almost all iterations of electronic music and almost all iterations of rock music, when they come together, it is sonic bliss. At Coachella 2013, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boy Noize’s duo) tore the roof down with a thunderous DJ set rife with bangers and wobbles, subsequently British quartet Modestep came on, armed with synths, drums and guitars, and completely blew me away. You can be immediately besotted with their fusion take on bass music and enticing live electronic music performing. Their catalog of tracks, including their much lauded 2013 debut album “Evolution Theory” is brilliantly versatile and captures […]

Safe in Sound: Goldenvoice and Doppler Labs Partner for Coachella 2015

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Concerts are really loud, in case you didn’t know. Also if you didn’t know: Fire is hot and breathing keeps you alive. Now that I’m done pointing out the obvious, going to shows frequently, especially loud as hell ones like EDM outings, can be detrimental for your hearing over time. Moreover, music festivals, like the two or more you may attend every year, can be especially bad for your ears.Good thing Promoter company Goldenvoice, who put on Coachella, have partnered with Doppler Labs to provide a safer listening experience for the thousands of Coachella attendees this year. Following the overwhelming […]

Bestival Heads to Toronto This Summer

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The United Kingdom has some the best music festivals in the world, with Glastonbury, Download, Leeds and Reading; these fests constantly sell out and have top tier artists on their lineups. Due to increasing demand for Summer festivals, the people from British Festival Bestival have decided to bring their incredible multi-day party across the pond.Bestival, running 12 years strong, have seen headlining sets from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, The Cure and many more. The festival, taking place on the Isle of Wight this year, sees gargantuan attendance and has music of all genres to offer. […]

Rainchild Releases First Single and Music Video

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Rainchild hails from Houston TX, consisting of four members with the raw and uncompromising drive to create music from the underbelly of ill emotions, vises, and hurt. Rainchild began performing around 2006. They have opened for The Hunger and headlined during Galveston’s Mardi Gras, and took first place in the House Of Blues Battle of the Bands Showcase in 2011. Houston Press: “Addictive, melodic and accessible are just a few of the ways to describe Houston’s Rainchild” and “Rainchild – – Two parts hard rock, one part alternative with a splash of southern rock, shaken not stirred!”Rainchild’s new single Watershed:Rainchild’s […]

Make Time For Danish Post-Punks Iceage

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Punk in their speed and aggression, the young Danes of Iceage flawlessly blend the danceable bass grooves and dark textures of classic Joy Division with creative guitar riffs and pop sensibilities sung with the drunken swagger of The Libertines wrapped in thick blankets of distortion. Cramming more riffs and melodies in each song than most other punk bands can fit in an album, Iceage have never been content to pump out the familiar three chord “I hate mom and dad” pop­-punk that’s expected of kids jamming in their garage.In 2009, the young Danish quartet kicked in our ears with a […]

Grammy 2015 Week’s Best, Exclusive, No Miss Parties And Events

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Want to party like a rock star? Tired of hearing about Clive Davis’ annual party? The parties listed below are considered to be some of the insider hot tickets during Grammy Week in LA:OK! Magazine’s Pre-Grammy Event with NICO & VINZ – FEBRUARY 5 OK! will once again kick off Grammy weekend with their highly-anticipated, star-studded, Pre-Grammy event at Lure Nightclub on Thursday, February 5th 2015 with a special performance by multi-platinum recording artists, Nico & Vinz who will be presented by Elvis Duran.The event is sponsored by Chapstick, Le Vian, Wet Brush, Fashion Forms, Sally Beauty Supply, Rum Chata, […]

Make Time For Fifth Harmony, Tour And TV Dates

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  The gorgeous group Fifth Harmony (Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, and Dinah Jane) released their full-length debut album, Reflection [SYCO/Epic Records], in stores and through all online outlets today.As soon as the record went live, it soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart. Fans got a glimpse of Reflection last week as part of iTunes First Play, increasing excitement dramatically for this week’s release.Fifth Harmony celebrate Reflection with a slate of TV appearances, including this morning’s performance on NBC’s The Today Show and CBS’s The Talk on Thursday January 5, 2015.The award-winning Gold-certified […]

Make Time for Five Burger Records ‘Essentials’

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I have always thought of Burger Records as a really hip independent label that does whatever the fuck they want, and follow their own rules. They have established a style in the few years that they have been around. Much of the music they put out is hair raising garage-y, some mosh worthy punk, and just good ol’ rock and roll. What I find most amazing about Burger Records is that sometimes I’ll go to a concert or music festival, and stumble upon a band that I have never heard of, and occasionally I find myself thinking, “wow, that sounds […]

Check Out D’Angelo Performing On “SNL”

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The only thing better than the hilarious sketches and stellar guest hosts on Saturday Night Live is the musical performances. In the 40 years SNL has been around, the seminal NBC show has featured performances that were lauded (Elvis Costello, Simon and Garfunkel, Nirvana) or brought much controversy (Ashlee Simpson, Sinead O’Connor, Fear… Yes, Fear performed on SNL). This past Saturday, along with a great guest host appearance from the sharply funny and much buzzed Oscar nominated actor J.K. Simmons, saw the enigmatic D’Angelo perform with his Vanguard. And it was fucking incredible.D’Angelo returned this past year after a 14 […]

Lil Wayne Wants Cash Money

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Lil Wayne was suing Cash Money to end his contract with the label and for a cool $51 million, according to TMZ.  Now word is that Weezy and the label have smoked a fat peace pipe. His suit had claimed CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams and the company have withheld a substantial amount of money that it owed him with regard to the rapper’s still-unreleased new album, Tha Carter V. Because the label has not paid Wayne any money on that, he claimed he was entitled to leave.But that’s not all, Lil Wayne was seeking $51 million and is seeking to […]

Make Time for Powerhouse Hip-Hop Team-Up “Run the Jewels”

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Be it east coast, west coast, or southern rap, they all have their charming attributes. West coast is much more relaxed cruising on the highway with palm trees surrounding you. The most lovable part about east coast rap is that it’s in your face, harsh, gritty and extremely raw, or southern rap being just down right dirty. Run the Jewels is bringing their New York and southern flare to flaunt in your face. A lot of modern rap is in a sense ignorant. All you hear really is how these guys are getting drunk, high, and trying to get laid. […]

Editor’s Highlights from NAMM 2015 Plus Photo Gallery

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 At first impressions, the NAMM show is a bit of sensory overload. Music companies in the fields of guitar craft, accessories, strings, pro-audio, synthesizers and so on, all coalesce for the largest trade convention for the music industry.  The National Association of Musician Merchants (NAMM) puts on annual conventions all around the world, but at the convention center in Disney’s backyard, Anaheim, everyone from around the world fill Mickey Mouse’s domain to network, make promising business deals, show off new products or just are flat out looking for a job. From heavyweights in the industry playing show and tell with their […]

NAMM Media Day Preview: Roland JD-Xi Gives Musicians Best of Both Worlds

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Today at the The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Media day at the Anaheim Convention Center, I got to take a look at Roland’s brand new JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, and it is one of the best synths I’ve seen so far here at NAMM.What is the Roland JD-Xi? Equipped with 37 mini keys, the JD-Xi features a true analog synth engine along with a wide selection of Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL digital sounds. This affordable instrument also comes packed with many great extras for self-contained music creation, including built-in drum kit patches, a 4-track pattern step sequencer, and […]