Mark Knopfler – One Deep River

Mark Knopfler has released his tenth solo studio album on his own British Grove label via EMI. Entitled One Deep River, it features 12 unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs, and his warm Geordie vocal tone, his poetic storytelling lyrics and deft, richly melodic guitar playing are all present and correct and as dazzling as ever.

The first single from the album Ahead Of The Game, a wistful, perhaps autobiographical, story about a singer/songwriter struggling to make it, set to a distinctively Knopfleresque classic riff, is available now.

The title track One Deep River reflects Knopfler’s deep affection for the river that runs through his childhood home city Newcastle. “Crossing the Tyne is always on your mind,” he says. “It’s what you were doing when you were leaving as a youngster and that feeling is always the same every time you do it. You’re heading out or you’re coming back, and it just connects with your childhood. The power of it doesn’t go away.”

One Deep River offers an unstoppable flow of future Knopfler classics, with their customarily learned lyrics and refined guitar textures. They draw on a lifetime of genre-crossing ingredients and influences in blues, folk, rock and beyond, and as usual, reveal their charms with unhurried grace and depth.

One Deep River was produced by Knopfler and his longstanding collaborator Guy Fletcher and was recorded at his state of the art British Grove Studios in London. The album will be available on CD, deluxe 2CD, double gatefold vinyl, cassette and a special limited edition box set that will include the album on both vinyl and CD, 5 bonus tracks on CD, 4 exclusive bonus tracks on LP, a litho print of Mark and some of the guitars played on the record, a guitar pick set and tin, and an enamel badge.

The band on One Deep River features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Glenn Worf on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Danny Cummings on percussion, Richard Bennett on guitar, and newcomer Greg Leisz on pedal and lap steel; Mike McGoldrick provides whistle and uilleann pipes, and John McCusker plays fiddle, while the Topolski sisters Emma and Tamsin add backing vocals. All songs are written by Mark Knopfler.

Mark Knopfler, singer-songwriter, record producer and composer, is one of the most successful musicians the UK has ever produced and is often cited as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He first came to prominence in the 80s as leader of Dire Straits, who created many of the signature songs of the era. Knopfler broke up the band in 1995 and set off on a new path as a solo artist. In the ensuing years Knopfler has released nine solo albums of sophisticated rootsy rock and has continued to tour the globe with his band. Over the years, Mark has written the music for several films, including Local Hero, Cal, The Princess Bride, Last Exit To Brooklyn and Wag The Dog and has played and recorded with a number of artists, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Tina Turner, Randy Newman and Chet Atkins. Knopfler was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

On 31st January ’24 Christies will auction the Mark Knopfler Guitar Collection. Comprising more than 120 guitars and amps, the collection spans Mark’s 50-year career and chronicles the diverse array of instruments that he has used to write, record and perform his peerless catalogue of music. The auction will include the Gibson Les Paul Mark played on Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers In Arms’ and at Live Aid, a red Mark Knopfler Signature Fender Stratocaster, and a 1951 Martin D-28, as well as a number of guitars used on the recording of One Deep River (including his Ovations, the little Martin, the Stefan Sobell and the Hummingbird).

Mark has teamed up with Brian Johnson, the singer from rock legends AC/DC, to make a six part new TV series for Sky Arts. The two friends take a fascinating look at the history of popular music alongside various special guests including Sam Fender and Emmylou Harris. Broadcast dates to be announced soon.

Mötley Crüe – Dogs Of War

MÖTLEY CRÜE RETURNS WITH THEIR FIRST SOLO RELEASE SINCE 2015

“The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” Ushers in a Brand-New Era with Recent Signing to Big Machine Records

Riotous New Single, “Dogs of War,” Out Now Alongside Accompanying Music Video

Assembling within a new generation, Mötley Crüe returns with “Dogs of War,” out now on all platforms via Big Machine Records. Their first solo track since 2015 narrates a rally of resistance against every bastard of life. Unable to sit back and put their legacy on a leash, the Crüe are here to remind listeners why they remain “The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.” Pushing new lengths in sound and image, just as they have for the past 40 years, there is no fault in confidence that the Crüe have something to say-and we better be all ears.

“It’s always great getting back in the studio with the guys in the band,” Nikki Sixx admits. “We know you’re gonna like this one.”

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Mötley Crüe – Vince Neil (vocals), Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums), and Mick Mars (guitar) – has commandeered the rock pantheon for 40+ years. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, garnered 7 USA Platinum and multi-Platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, 6 Top 20 pop singles, 3 GRAMMY® nominations, 5 New York Times bestselling books, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Netflix hit movie. Mötley Crüe continues touring the world with John 5 on guitar, as they push the visual limits of live performance. The quartet has amassed over 5 billion streams across digital platforms and the band has over 8 million followers on social media.

Known for their iconic live performances, they have sold out countless tours across the globe in front of millions of fans, with groundbreaking production highlights, such as Tommy Lee’s drum-rollercoaster and Nikki Sixx’s flame-throwing-bass. They pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency with a sold-out run in 2012. Mötley Crüe’s hit songs, such as “Kickstart My Heart” and “Home Sweet Home,” are frequently licensed by major brands, such as NASCAR, Dodge, Coldwell Banker, Carl’s Jr., and KIA, to name a few, and their music can be heard on hit TV shows, such as Stranger Things and Cobra Kai, among many others.

The band’s biography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, became a New York Times bestseller in 2001 and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Members of the band have authored four additional New York Times bestselling books since. In 2019, Netflix premiered The Dirt, a biopic based on the bestselling book, which became a global hit movie, scoring a 94% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result, Mötley Crüe gained an entire new generation of young fans who discovered the band through the movie and further solidified their iconic status and relevance and the timelessness of their songwriting. Mötley Crüe remains a huge global draw 40+ years into their career, and in the summer of 2022, they co-headlined a nearly sold-out North American stadium tour with Def Leppard.

Continuing to tour throughout 2024, the iconic band is ushering in a brand-new era with their recent signing to Big Machine Records and subsequent single, “Dogs of War.”

Pearl Jam – Dark Matter

Already heralded as the band’s best in decades, Pearl Jam proudly present their anxiously awaited twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, available now via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. Listen HERE .

From the kinetic opener “Scared of Fear” through the optimistic exhale of album closer “Setting Sun,” these eleven tracks find the musicians firing on all cylinders. A surge of energy underscores this body of work amplified by thunderous rhythms, skyscraping guitar solos, and vital vocals. Produced by GRAMMY® award winning producer Andrew Watt, Dark Matter, marks the band’s first release since critically acclaimed Gigaton (2020).

Pearl Jam initially set the stage for Dark Matter with the title track and lead single “Dark Matter.” It surged to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart, where it remained for 3 weeks, netting the band’s first leader on the respective chart since 1998. It also captured #1 on the Billboard Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart.

“I would recommend you play it loud, like, really loud.” – Eddie Vedder, on how to properly listen to Dark Matter. (Via Alt 98.7)

“We’re proud of our twelfth baby after 33 years. So, sit back, close your eyes for the first listen, soak up the sounds and the words, and interpret them individually.” – Jeff Ament, advice on listening to Dark Matter for the first time.

“This one, we’re all in the room at the same time, with Andrew, and we’re all looking at each other, playing off of each other.” – Mike McCready, on the band’s recording process for Dark Matter. (Via Goldmine).

“It’s still making art with your friends. That always excites me. In that collaboration and the mix of being part of something that you’re not really in control of but you know that you’re playing a role in it, that’s a fun place to play. And it’s still fun to play, like a kid.” – Stone Gossard, on band collaboration. (Via Seattle Times)

“Andrew really understands the importance of performance in the studio, which is kind of how I operate, so we were on a really good working relationship from day one.” – Matt Cameron, on collaborating with Andrew Watt on Dark Matter. (Via New & Approved)

The band has staunchly continued their support of independent retailers by offering various, limited-edition galactic color variants of Dark Matter exclusively at select indie retail stores with 8 different colorways in the US and 2 additional for international. More info HERE.

In celebration of Record Store Day, Pearl Jam held 180 listening parties across 150 US stores and 30 international. Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament from the band made a special surprise appearance at Easy Street Records in Seattle for the event. See photos HERE. The band is also celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter available only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores at www.recordstoreday.com.

On Tuesday, April 16th, Pearl Jam collaborated with Abramorama to create a unique global theatrical premiere of Dark Matter in over 45 countries and 900 cinemas. Pearl Jam – Dark Matter – Global Theatrical Experience – One Night Only was an immense success with many cinemas sold out and offering encore screenings of the experience.

Dark Matter album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. Light painting is an artistic form of photography where images are created by adjusting a camera’s exposure for an extended period and using a light source, such as a flashlight, to “paint” in the dark. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect. See more info on Alexandr Gnezdilov below.

Dark Matter Tracklist

  1. Scared of Fear
  2. React, Respond
  3. Wreckage
  4. Dark Matter
  5. Won’t Tell
  6. Upper Hand
  7. Waiting for Stevie
  8. Running
  9. Something Special
  10. Got to Give
  11. Setting Sun

Pearl Jam – Running

Kicking into high gear, Pearl Jam unveil a hard-charging brand new record entitled “Running” available today via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. Listen HERE. It heralds the arrival of the band’s anxiously awaited twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, on April 19, 2024. Pre-order HERE.

The band will also continue their support of independent retailers by offering various, limited edition galactic color variants of Dark Matter exclusively at select indie retail stores with 8 different colorways in the US and 2 additional for international. More info HERE.

To celebrate the release of the new album, Pearl Jam will present an exclusive cinematic engagement, Pearl Jam – Dark Matter – Global Theatrical Experience – One Night Only, on April 16, 2024. Distributed by Abramorama, Dark Matter will come to life in over 225 locations nationwide, including AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Landmark, Marcus, Studio Movie Grill, Cinepolis, Harkins, Alamo Drafthouse, Chinese Cineplex, IFC, and more. Additionally, AMC and other cinemas will feature Dolby Atmos showings. Worldwide, it graces theaters in over 30 countries, appearing in more than 300 locations across Mexico, the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, and Poland, to name a few. Tickets go on sale today HERE.

Additionally, CBS Sports March Madness coverage will feature 3 songs from the new album including “Running”.

Pearl Jam set the stage for Dark Matter with the title track and lead single “Dark Matter.” It toppled numerous charts. Notably, it surged to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart, netting the band’s first leader on the respective chart since 1998. It also captured #1 on the Billboard Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart. Moreover, it earned widespread critical acclaim. Rolling Stone christened it “electrifying,” going on to describe the song as a “rousing, guitar-heavy track.” SPACE.com applauded, “Pearl Jam’s cosmically charged rock journey continues with new album ‘Dark Matter’,” and Consequence of Sound dubbed it “Song of the Week” and attested, “33 years into the game and Pearl Jam still know how to let it rip.”

Produced by multi-GRAMMY® award winning producer Andrew Watt, Dark Matter, marks the band’s first release since critically acclaimed Gigaton (2020). In 2023, the members of Pearl Jam-Eddie Vedder [vocals], Jeff Ament [bass], Stone Gossard [rhythm guitar], Mike McCready [lead guitar], and Matt Cameron [drums]-retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played with producer Andrew Watt at the helm.

The band is celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter on April 20. Only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores at www.recordstoreday.com

Dark Matter album packaging features light painting art by Alexandr Gnezdilov. Light painting is an artistic form of photography where images are created by adjusting a camera’s exposure for an extended period and using a light source, such as a flashlight, to “paint” in the dark. The album cover art was crafted using a large self-made kaleidoscope. Each letter visible on the cover was individually captured and handwritten midair with a specially designed flashlight to create the pearlescent effect. See more info on Alexandr Gnezdilov below.

Dark Matter Tracklist

  1. Scared of Fear
  2. React, Respond
  3. Wreckage
  4. Dark Matter
  5. Won’t Tell
  6. Upper Hand
  7. Waiting for Stevie 8. Running
  8. Something Special 10. Got to Give
  9. Setting Sun

Eric Brazilian & Tania Doko – One Of Us (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo & The One People Band)

ERIC BAZILIAN (THE HOOTERS) & TANIA DOKO (BACHELOR GIRL)

International artists/songwriters Eric Bazilian & Tania Doko share more than artistry, song writing and live performing in common – they are forever bonded by their Scandinavian ‘second home’ – Sweden. Both ex pats who married Swedes, their cathartic, creative friendship was born in Stockholm; navigating long, dark winters and making songs together was their refuge and happy place. Although living mostly in their respective home countries today, they stay connected through music, storytelling and of course, Sweden.

And since Eric wants to visit down under, they’re hitting the road together!

It’s been almost 40 years since Eric toured Australia with U.S hit makers The Hooters, fronting his band to the present day, enjoying sell out tours in Europe and the US. Equally as impressive is Eric’s extraordinary accomplishments as a songwriter, musician and producer – including writing the three-time Grammy nominated “One Of Us”, creating the unforgettable guitar parts to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” & “Time After Time”, popular releases with Robbie Williams, Billie Myers and cowriting/producing the Double Platinum follow up to Amanda Marshall’s massively successful debut album.

The parallel with Tania Doko is uncanny. Also lead singer of much-loved Bachelor Girl (“Buses & Trains”, the most played Australian composition on Australian radio over the last 25 years), the band still boasts frequent bookings on the Australian festival circuit, sharing bills with heavyweights as John Farnham, Icehouse, and Simple Minds. As a songwriter Tania has made an indelible mark on the contemporary music scene, having co penned Tina

Arena’s recent album, as well has contributing to hit records for the Veronica’s, Sheppard, and Taylor Dayne. 2023 saw Tania release her solo EP “The Beauty’s in the Broken” to critical and audience acclaim, the first hypnotic single “Harder Now” taking out a US song writing award.

As the original artists and writers, Eric and Tania will bring you their iconic songs you love and share the fascinating stories behind them. Sprinkled into their live sets, will be more recent creations they cooked up together from dark basements in their near North Pole home of Stockholm.

To celebrate the tour, Eric and Tania have combined vocal forces on a unique arrangement of “One of Us”, produced by Eric. It will be the lead track from their forthcoming album, also titled “HERS, HIS & OURS”, and will consist of original composition demos Eric and Tania created in Stockholm, Sweden between 2011-2019.

“To quote PRINCE himself, ‘One of Us’ is one of those songs I wish I wrote. I couldn’t agree more with the artist formerly known as… This mind blowing, insatiable international smash jolted me for a six in every way when it first burst into our eardrums. Then to meet and befriend the genius mind and beautiful heart that is Eric in Sweden 2011, write tunes together for outside artists for 10 years, and now to tour in Oz together and release his big song ‘baby’ with him and so many of those gems we co-wrote, well, worlds are colliding in the best of ways. It’s simply awesome.” – Tania Doko.

I’ve always wanted to hear Tania sing my ‘One of Us’, and so when the opportunity came along to use the vocals of the iconic Ladysmith Black Mambazo I recorded a little while ago, and combining them with Tania and I for a fresh ‘worldly’ take on my song, it was one too irresistible to refuse. I truly can’t wait to tour with my good friend Tania – it’s been a near 40 year wait visiting Australia and these shows will be special.” – Eric Bazilian

Bon Jovi – Legendary

BON JOVI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FOREVER OUT JUNE 7th VIA ISLAND RECORDS

NEW SINGLE “LEGENDARY” + VIDEO OUT NOW

THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT: THE BON JOVI STORY, NEW FOUR-PART HULU DOCU-SERIES PREMIERES AT SXSW TONIGHT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BANDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

BON JOVI, Grammy Award®-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and one of history’s most iconic acts, continues their 40th anniversary celebration, with the release of “Legendary,” new single + video out now via Island Records. The monumental new track sets the stage for BON JOVI’s upcoming 16th studio album, FOREVER, arriving on June 7, 2024. The new album is now available for pre-order HERE where fans can find exclusive coloured vinyl options, CDs, cassettes, and limited edition signed copies.

In conjunction with last month’s 66th annual Grammy Awards®, Jon Bon Jovi was named 2024 MusiCares Person Of The Year and was honoured with an all-star tribute concert at the L.A. Convention Center featuring Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar, Jason Isbell, Jelly Roll, Pat Monahan of Train, and many others.

“This record is a return to joy. From the writing, through the recording process, this is turn up the volume, feel good Bon Jovi,” said Jon Bon Jovi.

The commemoration of BON JOVI’s 40th anniversary year continues tonight at the SXSW Conference, when HULU premieres Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story. The career-spanning four-part docu-series will have its official debut on HULU on April 26th. This marks the first-ever docu-series on the band’s history that has been made with full cooperation from all past and present members of BON JOVI. The docu-series is a ROS production, the banner of filmmaker Gotham Chopra. For further info, please see the HULU press announcement HERE.

BON JOVI: FOREVER – track listing

  1. Legendary
  2. We Made It Look Easy
  3. Living Proof
  4. Waves
  5. Seeds
  6. Kiss The Bride
  7. The People’s House
  8. Walls Of Jericho
  9. I Wrote You A Song
  10. Living In Paradise
  11. My First Guitar
  12. Hollow Man

ABOUT BON JOVI:

Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, an extensive catalogue of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in the last decade alone, Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.

UB40 – Gimme Some Kinda Sign

UB40, the world’s biggest selling reggae group return to the airwaves with brand new single, ‘GIMME SOME KINDA OF SIGN’.

‘GIMME SOME KINDA SIGN’ breathes new life into a 1968 classic UK top ten hit. It’s a cover of Brenton Wood’s soul staple ‘Gimme Little Sign’, given a fresh UB40 twist. Combining the band’s insouciant grooves, a breezy melody and trademark effervescence, “Gimme Some Kinda Sign” is a bona fide triumph. The song was chosen by lead vocalist Matt Doyle, who suggested it to Robin Campbell, unaware that it had been sitting on his wish list since the Labour of Love (1983) album days four decades ago.

‘GIMME SOME KINDA SIGN’ is the first single taken from the group’s forthcoming new album, ‘UB45’ out 19th April.

Marcia Hines – The Gospel According to Marcia

One of the country’s most iconic voices, Ms Marcia Hines, today releases her brand-new album, The Gospel According to Marcia, featuring a selection of her favourite gospel songs.

The extraordinary Marcia Hines has reconnected with her musical roots celebrating memories from her childhood in Boston and her early experiences with gospel music. From age 10, Marcia spent her Sundays accompanying her blind godmother, Florence James, to four churches in inner city Boston where she was the leader of the church choirs. The guidance and tutelage of her godmother in the art of singing propelled Hines to Australia, and the lead role in ‘Hair’, at the age of 16.

In 2022, Marcia undertook several live shows alongside a rhythm section and a 12-member choir to perform her favourite gospel songs – some of which will be included on her new album. These shows received rave reviews and transported audiences back to her early days in Boston and the joyous times of her childhood. It was also these performances that helped inspire The Gospel According To Marcia.

Marcia Hines’ career spans an incredible five decades. She has released 23 albums, selling 2.6 million copies, and has garnered countless chart-topping singles and multi-platinum records globally. She received the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for her services to the Australian Entertainment Industry as a performer, judge and mentor, and to the community through a range of charitable organisations. She has performed on stages of every size, been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and her role as a judge on Australian Idol has won her another generation of young fans.

The Gospel According to Marcia is a collection of songs that celebrate the memories of her Boston childhood. Gospel music is deeply embedded in Marcia’s soul and this stunning album will take you on a magical journey that will awaken your spirit.

Mark Knopfler – Ahead Of The Game

Mark Knopfler will release his tenth solo studio album on April 12th 2024 on his own British Grove label via EMI. Entitled One Deep River, it features 12 unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs, and his warm Geordie vocal tone, his poetic storytelling lyrics and deft, richly melodic guitar playing are all present and correct and as dazzling as ever.

The first single from the album Ahead Of The Game, a wistful, perhaps autobiographical, story about a singer/songwriter struggling to make it, set to a distinctively Knopfleresque classic riff, is available now.

The title track One Deep River reflects Knopfler’s deep affection for the river that runs through his childhood home city Newcastle. “Crossing the Tyne is always on your mind,” he says. “It’s what you were doing when you were leaving as a youngster and that feeling is always the same every time you do it. You’re heading out or you’re coming back, and it just connects with your childhood. The power of it doesn’t go away.”

One Deep River offers an unstoppable flow of future Knopfler classics, with their customarily learned lyrics and refined guitar textures. They draw on a lifetime of genre-crossing ingredients and influences in blues, folk, rock and beyond, and as usual, reveal their charms with unhurried grace and depth.

One Deep River was produced by Knopfler and his longstanding collaborator Guy Fletcher and was recorded at his state of the art British Grove Studios in London. The album will be available on CD, deluxe 2CD, double gatefold vinyl, cassette and a special limited edition box set that will include the album on both vinyl and CD, 5 bonus tracks on CD, 4 exclusive bonus tracks on LP, a litho print of Mark and some of the guitars played on the record, a guitar pick set and tin, and an enamel badge.

Sheryl Crow – Evolution

Nine-time GRAMMY® AWARD winner and 2023 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee Sheryl Crow has released the title track ahead of her 11th full-length studio album, Evolution, out on March 29, 2024. Featuring nine new songs, the album is produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr) and will be released via The Valory Music Group.

Crow publicly stated that she would not release another full-length album after Threads (2018), so Evolution comes as a welcome surprise. “Everything is more song oriented now with streaming, and making an album is a huge endeavor.” says Crow. “I started sending just a couple of demos to Mike, but the songs just kept flowing out of me and it was pretty obvious this was going to be an album.”

Evolution is Sheryl Crow at her most authentically human self. “This music and these lyrics came from sitting in the quiet and writing from a deep soul place. I said I’d never make another record, thought there was no point to it. But this music comes from my soul. And I hope whoever hears this record can feel that.”

Sheryl Crow is a nine-time GRAMMY AWARD recipient and an American music icon. Her first nine studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven charted in the Top 10, and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. Crow has been feted by a new generation of singer-songwriters who have covered her songs and talked about her influence, including Phoebe Bridgers, H.E.R, Haim, Maren Morris, Lorde, Sasami, Best Coast, and Brandi Carlile.