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Cypress Hill Announce New Album, Back In Black, Release New Single, ‘Bye Bye’ 

Legendary SoCal rappers Cypress Hill have just announced that they’re releasing their 10th album Back In Black on March 18 via MNRK.

The album is their first since 2018’s Elephants on Acid and only their second in nearly 12 years. To mark the momentous occasion, the group released a brand new single, “Bye Bye,” as a follow-up to last year’s “Open Ya Mind” and “Champion Sound.” The latest song from the album also happens to include Dizzy Wright as one of only two features on the entire release.

“In Cypress Hill tradition, we always try to make a dark song,” B-Real said in a statement about the new track. “It’s what we’ve been known for, especially on our first three albums. This song is a statement. In a roundabout way, we spoke to the politics of today. Being lulled into this dreamworld by the government. Trying to blind us from the separation that they created, to put us to sleep while they do whatever they want.”

As if the new album wasn’t enough, the crew is also working on a documentary, an NFT collection, and partnerships with names like Stance and Z2 Comics. It’s going to be a busy 2022 for B-Real, Sen Dog, and everyone else involved.

Check out the new song below, as well as the full tracklist for Back In Black and Cypress Hill’s upcoming festival-filled tour dates.

Back In Black Tracklist

“Takeover”
“Open Ya Mind”
“Certified (feat. Demrick)”
“Bye Bye (feat. Dizzy Wright)”
“Come With Me”
“The Original”
“Hit ‘Em”
“Break of Dawn”
“Champion Sound”
“The Ride”

Cypress Hill 2022 Tour Dates

3/18 – Kings Of The West – Rio Rancho, NM
3/20 – Big Surf Water Park – Tempe, AZ
4/2 – Smoking Gun Casino – El Paso, TX
4/9 – North Carolina Azalea Fest 2022 – Wilmington, NC
4/19 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO
5/18 – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA
5/20 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
5/21 – Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
5/22 – SNHU Arena – Manchester, NH
5/24 – MVP Arena – Albany, NY
5/26 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
5/28 – Videotron Centre – Quebec, QC
5/29 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/30 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
6/1 – Heritage Bank Center – Cincinnati, OH
6/2 – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
6/4 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
6/5 – TaxSlayer Center – Moline, IL
6/7 – Azura Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
6/9 – The Broadmoor World Arena – Colorado Springs, CO
6/11 – Ford Idaho Center – Nampa, ID
6/13 – Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA
6/14 – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater – Ridgefield, WA
6/17 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
6/18 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, VA
8/21 – Ruido Festival – Chicago, IL

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Meatloaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Singer, Dies at 74 

Meatloaf, the legendary singer best known for his theatrical style of rock, has died at the age of 74. The artist’s family confirmed the news in a statement posted on his Facebook page early Friday morning.

No cause of death was given.

See their statement below:

Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.
His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.”
“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.
We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.
We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.
From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!

Born as Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, on September 27, 1947, Meatloaf (which was a family nickname) came from a family of singers. His career started in musical theater. Beginning with a spot in the Los Angeles production of Hair, Meatloaf would go on to feature in More Than You Deserve and As You Like It, before landing a role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Eddie.

It was on the set of More Than You Deserve where he met Jim Steinman. The two would join forces for Bat Out of Hell, the 1977 album would become both’s seminal work. Bat Out of Hell, produced by Todd Rundgren, would go on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide. Singles “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Bat Out of Hell” remain staples on rock radio to this day. During this time, Meatloaf’s live shows got a reputation as over-the-top spectacles

Meatloaf’s career would taper off after that. He’d have a contentious split with Steinman that would lead to legal issues. However, the two would reunite in the early 1990s for Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. The album would kickstart one of the most unlikely comebacks in music history, especially during the alternative era. The album was by lead single, power ballad, “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” which became Meatloaf’s only song to land on the Billboard 100 singles chart. The song also won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance.

Later, Meatloaf and Steinman (who died last year), would release Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose in 2006. Meatloaf’s last album was 2016’s Braver Than We Are.

He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda.

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‘Yellowjackets’ is the TV show that tells the truth about the ’90s 

Fans of Yellowjackets – telly’s much talked about new drama, the finale of which aired last night in the UK (January 20) – all try and tell you how good it is in the same way. It’s Lord of the Flies meets Lost meets Pretty Little Liars. Or how about The Craft meets Mean Girls meets Bear Grylls. Seen The Wilds? It’s that meets Riverdale meets Teenage Bounty Hunters. All of these references points work to a degree, but really, there’s nothing on TV like it.

If you’re unaware, Yellowjackets is a show principally set in 1996, about a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness en route to the national championships. Some of the team die in the crash. Most of them survive. Their adult coach loses a leg. Then they get hungry and start to go insane. Somewhere in-between all of this there are wolf attacks, ill-advised teenage fumblings, seances and a truly bonkers evening on magic mushrooms. The season starts with one of the girls having their throat slit and their flesh served up in a stew. After that, a split timeline follows four of the characters 25 years later, cutting back to the ’90s for shocking reveals of who’s dead and who did the killing.

Yellowjackets

There’s much that’s brilliant about Yellowjackets. The soundtrack, mostly plucked from ’90s pop and alt rock is thrilling (and a reminder that ‘Informer’ by reggae/rap hybrid Snow, is a stone cold classic). There are breakout performances in the 1996 timeline (Liv Hewson as goalkeeper Van, Sophie Thatcher as the grungy Natalie). In the adult one, there are career revivals for some of the ’90s most iconic faces (Juliette Lewis as Natalie, Christina Ricci as unhinged and complicated yet often heroic Misty). And as a mystery, it’s hugely gripping. It’s never clear whether the strange events taking place in the wilderness are supernatural, or if mental illness, hunger, superstition, and immaturity are making events seem so.

If this is sending a chill down the spine of anyone who sat through six seasons of Lost, only to learn that the passengers of fight 815 were [redacted], worry not. Not only has Yellowjackets already been green-lit for a second season, creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson have said that they’ve plotted the entirety of the girls’ story to conclude three seasons after that. This is a show that knows where it’s going, and how it’s going to get there. You might have some reservations about whether the ‘visions’ of ‘off-her-meds’ Lottie (Courtney Eaton) is ultimately going to romanticise and misrepresent mental illness, but narratively, there’s no making it up as they go along here.

Yellowjackets

But where Yellowjackets also excels is as a passport to the decade that’s been most mythologised and most misunderstood. Tonally, it hits the right beats throughout. The otherwise touching scene between teenage Natalie and her best friend Kevyn makes a brief pitstop at Cringe Country when they debate whether Nirvana “sold out after ‘Bleach'” or not, but otherwise the pop culture references are sound. Any viewer of an age will recall the moment at every house party when the living room would suddenly become a platform for a dance-off, soundtracked by Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’. Similarly, it was actual law that every school disco end with a slow dance to Seal’s ‘Kiss from A Rose’ – and Yellowjackets obliges in its ninth episode.

And yet, Yellowjackets exposes many of the myths that have been built up around the ’90s too. It is an era that’s often held up as a time of great freedoms. I should know. I was there. In the relationship of Natalie and Travis (one of three males to survive the crash, played by Kevin Alves) we see problematic boy-girl sexual politics that are still being thrashed out today. When Natalie screams that she has desires too, it’s an utterance that echo’s through the ages. Then, in Assistant Coach Ben Scott (Steven Krueger), Van and Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown), we have three characters who are only comfortable with revealing their sexuality when the plane has crashed and their community is small, with bigger dangers to face than someone knowing who they like to fuck.

It’s worth remembering that in the real world, two years after the earlier timeline of Yellowjackets was set, in an event which kickstarted the long fight for the hate crime legislation present in law today, gay university student Matthew Shepard was tied to a barbed wire fence in Wyoming, tortured and left to die. We liked to think we had things worked out in the ’90s. A democrat in The White House, Downing Street swathed in red. With hindsight, the gloss obscured the lack of substance, like a cake made out of icing and no sponge.

In fact, before the girls go and get a bit feral (no spoilers here), there’s an argument that their new home in the wilderness is everything you heard about the ’90s: tolerant, supportive, idealistic, a right laugh. Sadly, that wasn’t really the case.

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Listen to Pedro the Lion’s New Album Havasu 

Pedro the Lion dropped a surprise new album on Thursday titled Havasu. Similarly to their 2019 release, Phoenix, Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan found himself looking to his earliest childhood experiences to inspire the album. The title, Havasu, refers to a community in Arizona he grew up in.

Bazan emphasizes that this album is a product of childhood nostalgia. Upon visiting Lake Havasu, Bazan was struck by inspiration related to his upbringing and the kindness he would like to show his younger self. “It gave me the ability to make vulnerable choices, and connect with a part of my younger self that I didn’t want to turn my back on,” he said in a statement. “I worked through a lot of self-judgment, and was kinder to myself on this record than I have been before in any songs.”

The album is carried by Bazan’s wistful storytelling chalked full with lyrics of schoolyard angst and retrospective observations of a childhood past. The melancholic nature of many of the songs powerfully translates the message of Bazan’s yearning for validation as a child. Havasu strives to be a celebration of adolescence despite prevailing pain from the past always seeping through.

Pedro the Lion is going on tour throughout North America starting April 2022.

Pedro the Lion 2022 tour dates:

04/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar #
04/13 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard #
04/14 – Dallas TX @ Granada Theater #
04/15 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
04/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
04/18 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn #
04/19 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East #
04/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
04/21 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
04/23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
04/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
04/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
04/26 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
04/28 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre #
04/29 – Columbus, OH @ Skullys #
04/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ The HI-FI #
05/01 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #
05/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line #
05/22 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux &
05/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge &
05/25 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic &
05/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom &
05/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room &
05/29 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory &
05/31 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent &
06/02 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall &
06/03 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox &
# w/ Oceanator
& w/ Charlotte Cornfield

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2022: Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, The Who to Headline 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will return with a stacked lineup. The 2022 headliners are the Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Luke Combs, Lionel Ritchie, the Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, and Erykah Badu.

The festival will take place from April 29 through May 8. The rest of the roster runs that gamut from Lauren Daigle to Ludacris (now that is an iconic duo), plus lots of tributes we can’t wait to see, from James Brown to Dr. Dog.

This year’s Jazzfest will undoubtedly pay special tribute to local hero, Bennie Pete, the co-founder and sousaphone player of the transcendent New Orleans outfit, the Hot 8 Brass Band. Pete died in September at age 45 due to complications from sarcoidosis and COVID-19.

Other notable acts slated for the fest include Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Billy Strings, the Avett Brothers, Nelly, Buddy Guy, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Jazz Fest Weekend Passes and VIP Packages are on sale via the festival’s website.

This year’s event will be the first New Orleans Jazz Fest since 2019, with the 2020 and 2021 versions being canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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