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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.

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 artists. […]

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 and […]

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 cutting-edge […]

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 Dubstep […]

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 success […]

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. If […]

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 new […]

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 thickblankets 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 raw, […]

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 5OK! 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, Veev, […]

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 pop […]

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 year […]

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 be […]

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. Killer […]

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 awesome […]

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 a […]

A$AP Yams, Dead At 26

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A$AP Mob founder Steven Rodriguez, aka A$AP Yams, has died, his label confirmed in a statement. He was 26.The cause of death remains unknown, but many members of the A$AP Mob, the Harlem rap collective that Yams established took to Twitter to mourn their founder. “A.S.A.P YAMS should be remembered as a leader, an innovator and most importantly as an important part of NYC youth culture,” Azealia Banks tweeted.His last Tweet:Official statement from Polo Grounds Music:“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to […]

Bonnaroo Undercard This Year Is Phenomenal, Some Thoughts

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Here we go again my festival attending brethren; lineup announcement season is upon us.Since December, 2015 festival have been announced weekly like clockwork. With Goldenvoice’s Coachella lineup released two weeks ago with headliners AC/DC, Jack White and Drake. It was only going to be a matter of time till Bonnaroo’s players were revealed.Well last night the four day Tennessee festival lineup was blazoned throughout the media, this year’s headliners includes Americana revivalists Mumford & Sons, house champion and noted curmudgeon Deadmau5 (pronounced mouse, I would figure by 2015 people would know this), Rap game killer Kendrick Lamar and the Piano […]

Caballero Signature Guitar Features Bob Dylan, Grammy 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year

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Art and Music Spotlight: Renowned artist Zhenya Gershman was invited to create a special portrait of Bob Dylan, the Grammy 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year. This priceless portrait is painted on a Caballero signature guitar that helped revive the folk revolution of the 60’s and will be signed by honoree Bob Dylan and all performing artists at The Grammy 2015 Gala Tribute Concert (including Grammy winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; Taj Mahal; John Mellencamp; Alanis Morissette; Willie Nelson; Aaron Neville; Bonnie Raitt; Bruce Springsteen; Susan Tedeschi; Derek Trucks; Eddie Vedder; […]

Björk Announces ‘Vulnicura’ LP On Social Media

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Former Sugarcube lead singer and Icelandic pop oddity/icon Björk has been working on a new album for awhile, and now is ready to share the Intel.The artist posted the above handwritten image on her Facebook and Twitter feed, revealing that the new album is called Vulnicura.On her Facebook page she writes:6 songs written by björk, 2 songs co-written with arca, 1 with john flynnstring arrangements by björk6 songs produced by björk & arca, 1 by björk & arca & the haxan cloak, 2 by björkmixed by the haxan cloak except 2 songs mixed by the haxan cloak and chris elmsmastered […]

Fantasy Music Collaborations, Four Pairings We Want To See

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The only thing more interesting than musicians is when they work together. Collaborations between two or more musicians/groups can be awesome (i.e. Killer Mike & El-P, David Bowie & Trent Reznor) or not so awesome (P. Diddy & Jimmy Page, David Bowie & Mick Jagger).With the news of Mr. Yeezy doing a song with Paul McCartney; people were either stoked, mortified or didn’t even know who Paul McCartney is (my contemporaries depress me sometimes). Their collaboration “Only One” is a smooth neo-spiritual song that caught a lot of people by surprise, despite my general disdain towards the two I felt […]

Jack White, Mac Demarco, Royal Blood and Flying Lotus Top-line Coachella

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The long awaited line up for the festival that brings people from all around the world to wear bathing suits and floral headbands together the morning of January 6th 2015. With headliners like AC/DC, Jack White and Drake you might be regretting not getting those presale tickets.The lineup has a diverse set of acts. Bringing on many more hip hop artists as well as electronic artists this year. Genres that will bring a crowd of many older rock n’ roll lovers and youths who just want to dance in the unforgiving sun all day.The acts that really caught my eye, […]

Macklemore’s Touching Baby Announcement Video

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It’s been a hell of a few years for Seattle musician Macklemore, 31, who along with his fiancee Tricia Davis, produced a touching video revealing the rumors were true: Mack’s going to be a dad!The rapper and pop music star, who together with Ryan Lewis broke out big in 2013 and 2014 with their hit LP The Heist, announced this weekend he and his fiancee are to be parents.In a YouTube clip posted Saturday by his rapping partner and producer Ryan Lewis, the couple wrote, “Today the media speculated about some big news in our life. So we decided to […]

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Marketing Blunder, Apologies Ensue

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In an attempt to draw a like-minded corollary between herself and the “rebel heart” spirits and causes of great (deceased) Black iconic leaders, Madonna’s altered Rebel Heart album artwork, a play on her face entangled in black string, has caused a social media stir.This past week Madonna Instagrammed and Tweeted pictures of the late Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley in Madonna’s pose with black string comparing their rebelliousness to her vision of her new work.She wrote: “This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!” (for Marley) and “This #rebelheart had a dream!” for (MLK Jr.)Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th […]

Galpin Ford Hosts George Ducas For Ford Trucks/HD Radio F150 Drive Tour

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George Ducas is a rising star in the country music scene, hailing from the big state of Texas. Fitting that he has partnered with the biggest Ford dealership in the USA, Galpin Ford, part of the expansive Galpin Motors family.A Lone Star native whose heart and soul are rooted in the honk tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls, George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, with an impressive string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter.This Saturday sees the singer songwriter performing at the Ford Trucks/HD Radio F150 Drive Tour to be held at […]