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On October 30, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment with Capitol Records will release the Katy Perry concert film “The Prismatic World Tour Live” on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download. In this no-holds-barred full-length live spectacular, Katy performs the global smash hits “Roar,” “Firework,” “I Kissed A Girl,” “Dark Horse,” “California Gurls” and “Hot N Cold” along with other Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles and fan favorites. Directed for the stage by Baz Halpin in collaboration with Katy, the concert film is a visually stunning production that is an outgrowth of her fun-loving personality and artistic vision, complete with eye-popping theatrics, daring acrobatics, exotic costumes and much more.

“The Prismatic World Tour Live”, directed by Russell Thomas of Done + Dusted, captures the excitement of the live Katy Perry extravaganza that Rolling Stone hailed as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds…never less than uproariously entertaining.” Presented in seven thematic acts, it is enhanced by flawless production and innovative staging, which spanned the entire length of the arena floor. All physical formats of “The Prismatic World Tour Live” also include 30 minutes of exclusive extras.

This concert film was shot in Sydney during Katy’s record-breaking December 2014 visit to Australia. The Prismatic World Tour began in May 2014 and will conclude in October 2015. After a total of 151 shows over 6 legs on 5 continents, Katy will have played to 2 million people with this audiovisual spectacular. Watch the trailer here:

“The Prismatic World Tour Live” – Tracklisting (All Formats)
1. Roar
2. Part of Me
3. Wide Awake
4. This Moment / Love Me
5. Dark Horse
6. E.T.
7. Legendary Lovers
8. I Kissed a Girl
9. Hot N Cold
10. International Smile
11. By the Grace of God
12. The One That Got Away / Thinking of You
13. Unconditionally
14. Walking on Air
15. It Takes Two
16. This Is How We Do / Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
17. Teenage Dream
18. California Gurls
19. Birthday
20. Firework


Phil Collins revisits a career that can boast over 100 million sales and numerous worldwide #1 albums with the new ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ retrospective reissue campaign in which all eight of his albums will be issued as extended and remastered editions. The campaign commences with the November 6th release of his 1981 debut album ‘Face Value’ and 1993’s ‘Both Sides’.

Entirely curated and compiled by Collins himself, his idea for the ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ concept is to examine how his songs have evolved over time, with the majority of the additional content throughout the series focused on live versions of the tracks. By contrasting the original studio versions of the material with later performances, the series demonstrates how Collins’ songs take on a life of their own once they’re freed from the confines of the studio.

The extended versions of the albums will also be completed with carefully selected demos and b-sides.

“I’ve always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections,” says Collins. “Instead, I’ve focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated.”

Each album in the series will be remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis ‘1970-1975’ box set. Davis has also worked on all of the Genesis retrospective reissues.

The remaining six albums of Collins’ solo discography will follow in the coming months. They also feature a bold new artwork concept in which Collins’ has recreated his poses from the original album covers with new photography that was shot in the present day.

Initially released shortly after Collins’ 30th birthday, ‘Face Value’ was propelled to international multi-Platinum status with the help of the smash hit single ‘In The Air Tonight’. Other notable tracks on the album include the follow-up singles ‘I Missed Again’ and ‘If Leaving Me Is Easy’, as well as ‘Behind The Lines’ which was written with Collins’ Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

1993’s ‘Both Sides’ shares a similarly introspective atmosphere to ‘Face Value’, and features the Top 10 hit ‘Both Sides of the Story’ as well as further singles in the shape of ‘Everyday’ and ‘We Wait And We Wonder’.

The albums in the series will be available on a series of formats. The 2CD digipak and digital versions feature the remastered album and the additional content, and the 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format (single LP for ‘Face Value’ / double LP for ‘Both Sides’) features the remastered album as a stand-alone product. CD and vinyl box sets will also be available which compile both ‘Face Value’ and ‘Both Sides’ together with space to complete the collection as the rest of the series is released.

Further plans that will tie-in with the reissue series will be announced imminently.

‘Face Value’ track listing
Original tracklisting, remastered:
1. In The Air Tonight
2. This Must Be Love
3. Behind The Lines
4. The Roof Is Leaking
5. Droned
6. Hand In Hand
7. I Missed Again
8. You Know What I Mean
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. I’m Not Moving
11. If Leaving Me Is Easy
12. Tomorrow Never Knows
Bonus tracks – CD and digital formats only:
1. Misunderstanding – Live
2. If Leaving Me Is Easy – Live*
3. In The Air Tonight – Live*
4. Behind The Lines – Live*
5. Roof Is Leaking – Demo*
6. Hand In Hand – Live*
7. I Missed Again – Live*
8. ….And So To F – Live*
9. This Must Be Love – Live*
10. Please Don’t Ask – Demo*
11. Misunderstanding – Demo *
12. Against All Odds – Demo


‘Both Sides’ track listing
Original tracklisting, remastered:
1. Both Sides Of The Story
2. Can’t Turn Back The Years
3. Everyday
4. I’ve Forgotten Everything
5. We’re Sons Of Our Fathers
6. Can’t Find My Way
7. Survivors
8. We Fly So Close
9. There’s A Place For Us
10. We Wait And We Wonder
11. Please Come Out Tonight
Bonus tracks – CD and digital only
1. Take Me With You
2. Both Sides Of The Story – Live*
3. Can’t Turn Back The Years – Live*
4. Survivors – Live*
5. Everyday – Live*
6. We Wait And We Wonder – Live*
7. Can’t Find My Way – Demo*
8. I’ve Been Trying
9. Both Sides Of The Story
10. Hero – Demo

Out September 15, 2015, 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo is a personal journey filled with hilarious anecdotes through the history of music, at the hand of one of Spain’s most internationally renowned illustrators.

A graphic novel in the form of Ricardo Cavolo’s personal diary, which follows the story of music through 101 essential artists; from Bach to Radiohead, to Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Daft Punk. With over 100 uniquely colourful illustrations and handwritten text, lists, notes and personal anecdotes.

Born in his father’s painting studio in Spain and brought up in a world of painting, drawing and colour, effectively with an Art Teacher at home, Ricardo Cavalo was destined for a life centred around pictures! He studied Fine Arts at University and became Art Director at several advertising agencies before realising that his distinct, colourful tattooed beings and iconography should be shown to the world and now works as a professional illustrator, living in Brighton.

He has done commercial illustrations for Y&R, Leo Burnett, Urban Outfitters, Converse, Nike and multiple magazines, has had books published in Spain and designed and illustrated a Tarot card deck. 101 Artists to Listen to Before you Die for Nobrow is his first book in English.



Produced and Directed by Nick Hall, this is the story of Joe Strummer’s self-imposed exile in Granada in 1985/6. It will be released on DVD by MVD on October 16th and comes packaged with a cassette of a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a postcard, sticker, and pin.

“This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life. Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash,” said Hall.

Johnny Green, The Clash’s legendary road manager said of the film, “I glowed – I felt uplifted. Once again, it was as if I had spent a little time with my dear lost friend, Joe Strummer. I was hooked all through – the story is compulsive. More to the point, you have perfectly captured the brooding melancholia, that shy underside, which was a compelling component of Ol’ Joe. I Need A Dodge is fabulous.” The film also received a special mention at the In-Edit Festival in Barcelona.

Heading to Spain in 1985 to flee the disaster that was the implosion of The Clash version two, the band formed in the wake of Strummer firing Mick Jones and aftre Topper Headon left the band. The new line-up’s Cut The Crap album had largely been shunned by both critics and the public alike and Strummer needed space. Telling a Diario De Granada interviewer that he had come “to feel the pain of the wound,” upon arrival in Granada, Strummer found himself firmly subsumed into the city’s musical and cultural fabric. He was welcomed with open arms by local acts 091 and bigger-fish Radio Fortuna, who all met up at the Silbar.

“When we met Joe it was like a miraculous apparition,” said Jose Ignacio Lapido, 091’s guitarist. It was Radio Fortuna who facilitated the purchase of a set of wheels for Strummer. Tracking down a Barreiros, essentially a European edition of the Dodge-Dart, became a mission. As Santiago Auseron, the Radio Fortuna singer said, “It looked cool, it just looked a bit mad. Which at that time suited Joe very well.”

Strummer was delighted with the huge car which he thrashed around the streets of Granada and Madrid. However, having parked the car in the capital when he flew back to the UK for the birth of his daughter Lola, he forgot where it was and never saw it again. I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run is partly the story of the search for the car, and partly the story of Strummer’s own search for meaning and redemption in those wilderness years.


Strummer launched an unsuccessful attempt to find the car, making an appeal for information on Spain’s Radio 3 in 1997. With witnesses disagreeing on the colour and style of the car – agreeing only that it was registered in Oviendo – and some claiming never to have seen it, filmmaker Nick Hall’s quest seems unlikely to succeed, yet his investigation does unearth the truth about this period of Strummer’s life that has largely been ignored.

Installing himself in the producer’s chair for the recording of 91’s album, Strummer’s micro-management led, rather than to the boost these star-struck musicians were hoping for, to a growing sense of disquiet and wasted studio time. The album eventually surfaced, having finished off to the record label’s specification rather than the band’s, and was disappointing.

The Dodge is an emblem for Strummer’s time in Spain, his ambition, personal style and, in a way, the nature of those troubled days in general. When he is pulled over by the police, it is revealed that he doesn’t even have a license to drive. Drawing on the recollections of his friends in London and in Spain, his partner Gaby Holford, and the members of 091 and Radio Fortuna, this a revealing story of a search for much more than just a car.

“It was an escape. He was a man on the run. He was getting away from the tension in London,” says Santiago Auseron.

Joe Strummer did, indeed, need a Dodge.

The DVD package can be pre-ordered directly through MVD here, or on Amazon here.



Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of contemporary music legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint.

The Van Morrison musical acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to the present. The new Legacy Van Morrison archive includes all of Morrison’s solo works from 1971 to the present as well as the recordings made with the groundbreaking rock band Them from 1964 through 1966.

33 Van Morrison album titles will be made available as digital releases and through all streaming services beginning Friday, August 28.

That same day, Friday, August 28, Legacy Recordings will release the Essential Van Morrison, a 37-track career-spanning anthology, available digitally and as a 2CD physical album.

Later this year, Van Morrison’s early recordings as the singer, frontman and principal songwriter for the seminal band Them will be available on Legacy Recordings.

In the upcoming months, Legacy will launch the label’s ongoing Van Morrison library release project with new compilations, deluxe Legacy Editions of classic album titles and a digital rollout of the full Van Morrison catalog.

Most of the Van Morrison catalog has never been available for streaming and many titles have long been unavailable online through iTunes or other DSPs. Much of the catalog has been out-of-print in any format, with some titles being unavailable for as long as 15 years.

Forthcoming new Van Morrison releases on the Legacy label will include a new career-spanning single CD compilation and deluxe Legacy Editions of classic Van Morrison solo albums: Saint Dominic’s Preview, It’s Too Late to Stop Now, Hard Nose the Highway andEnlightenment.

A half century’s worth of recordings, endlessly innovative and unique in the annals of rock and pop music, Van Morrison’s discography incorporates elements of blues, jazz, folk, gospel, skiffle, pop, soul and R&B to create a sound and sensibility immediately identifiable as Van the Man’s. One of the most fascinating and uncompromising artists of the rock and roll era, Van Morrison brought Northern Irish soul to the world as one of the most transcendent singers, writers and performers to ever grace a stage or recording studio.

“Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music,” said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. “He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs. Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world.”

Inspired at an early age by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke, the Belfast-born Morrison was just 18 when he joined the R&B combo Them in 1964. Known for spontaneous, energetic performances, Them represented the Northern Irish element of the 1960s British Invasion, breaking into the pantheon with the indelible “Gloria,” presaging punk with an anthem subsequently covered by The Doors, Patti Smith and many others.

Van began his solo career with a Top 10 pop smash, the radio perennial “Brown Eyed Girl,” but soon moved in compelling new directions. He boldly crossed numerous musical genres in the decades that followed, investigating country music (Pay The Devil, 2006), jazz (What’s Wrong with This Picture?, 2003), New Orleans R&B (Into The Music, 1979), traditional Celtic folk (Irish Heartbeat, with The Chieftains, 1988) and straight-ahead rock (Days Like This, 1995), among many others.

Morrison’s first recording for RCA Records, 2015’s Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue featured collaborations with Steve Winwood,Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Michael Buble and others on new versions of hidden gems from his multi-faceted discography.

Tracks from Van Morrison’s discography have been consistently licensed for film and television with notable examples including”Into The Mystic” in the film Patch Adams, “Days Like This” in As Good As It Gets and Them’s “Gloria” in The Outsiders.

Legacy Recording’s new Van Morrison deal covers studio and live recordings released from 1971 to the present, as well as all his recordings with Them. Combined with Morrison’s solo debut Blowin’ Your Mind, which features “Brown Eyed Girl,” Legacy’s holdings encompass the largest Van Morrison musical archive ever assembled.

Van Morrison has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Winner of a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (1994), Van Morrison holds six Grammy Awards (1996-2007) and an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement (1995).

Morrison has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (2004, #42), 100 Greatest Singers of All Time (2008, #24) and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015, #22). Van the Man has two albums on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and four songs–including “Brown Eyed Girl” (#109) and “Gloria” (with Them) (#208)–on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

An internationally successful artist with chart-topping hits on both sides of the Atlantic, Van Morrison has six gold and three platinum/multiplatinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America.  In the UK alone, Van has charted with more than 20 Top 20 albums, including an astounding 13 titles placed in the Top 10.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Van Morrison was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II during her annual Birthday Honours celebration. Newly-titled Sir George Ivan Morrison, the artist received the United Kingdom’s highest individual honor for his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.”

“Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honor to now have that body of work recognized in this way,” said Van Morrison in a statement given in response to the news, reported the BBC.

On June 18, Morrison received the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in New York City.

Van Morrison will celebrate his 70th birthday on August 31, 2015 with “Van Morrison: Live on Cyprus Avenue,” two concert performances serving as part of the closing event of the Belfast EastSide Arts Festival 2015.

Van Morrison Material included under Legacy Recordings Auspices

The Angry Young Them / Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation, 1997)

Van Morrison
Available Digitally and Streaming on Friday, August 28

St. Dominic’s Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It’s Too Late to Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (Live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (w/the Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (Live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher’s Stone (2CD outtakes compilation, 1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (Live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What’s Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep it Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” (Live) (2009)

Da Reality Show, the new album by Young Dro, will be released on September 18th, and the pre-order is available today on iTunes. Fans who preorder the album will receive Dro’s new single, “Ugh,” as an instant grat track. The infectious “Ugh,” was produced by Zaytoven and is at urban radio now.  Listen to “Ugh”here.

We in Da City,” the first single off of Da Reality Show, has been climbing up the charts all summer, and has broken through the top 10 this week at urban radio.

Dro also released a new mixtape, Hellcat, earlier this month.  LIsten to it here.

Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you “FDB.”  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.

Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you “FDB.”  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.

Reflections have debuted an all new music video today for an all new single titled “Actias Luna,” exclusively via Substream Magazine. “We chose this track because we feel that it shows our true sound and direction,” says vocalist Jake Wolf. Directed by Max Moore (OF MICE AND MEN, CONVERGE), this is the first piece of music we’re hearing from the band off their recently completed LP. Wolf continues, “It’s a sound that was found while writing The Fantasy Effect and lost in the midst of writing and recording our album Exi(s)t. For those who were expecting something a bit different sounding from us, rest easy knowing that our new album goes through stages. There really is something for everyone. For those of you that have been keeping up with us until now, thank you for being patient.”

REFLECTIONS will release The Color Clear on Friday, September 18 2015 via eOne / Good Fight Music. Both digital and physical pre orders are available today, and anyone who pre orders the LP on iTunes will receive the video track “Actias Luna” right away as an iTunes Instant Gratification Track. Various pre order bundles are now available as well. The all new LP will be the follow up to the highly regarded Exi(s)t released by the band in 2013. That release debuted on the Billboard charts for the first time in the band’s history, most notably cracking the top 10 on the Heatseekers chart at #6.

The band tapped producer WILL PUTNEY (THY ART IS MURDER, NORTHLANE) of THE MACHINE SHOP Wolf offers, “The Color Clear is not just music to us, nor is Reflections simply a band that we play in. The album is the expression and release of our loneliness, anxiety, hate, jealousy, spite, fear, abandonment, and depression turned into art in every way possible. The band is a family that reaches out and extends further than just our core four members. We could not and would not be where we are right now as people if it wasn’t for those who we have worked with and spent so much time with over this last year.”

REFLECTIONS have announced all new tour dates for the fall after recently wrapping up production on their yet to be titled all new LP due out this fall. “We could not be more excited to have our first headlining tour coming up with us being able to play all of these songs,” says Jake. “It will be very refreshing after a couple years of touring to finally be able to play new music and we hope that it will mean as much to you as it does to us.” Support will come from Toothgrinder, Yüth Forever and Exalt.

9/5/15 – Detroit, MI – Hatchys Bar
9/7/15 – Rochester, NY – The CA Brew Haus
9/8/15 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
9/9/15 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
9/10/15 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
9/12/15 – Lake Worth, FL – Propaganda
9/13/15 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
9/14/15 – Tampa, FL – Problem
9/17/15 – Houston, TX – Walters
9/18/15 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
9/19/15 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
9/21/15 – Tulsa, OK – Boulevard Trash
9/22/15 – Saint Louis, MO – The Fubar
9/24/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar + Hall

Third Man recording group The Dead Weather — Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence — has announced the release of their long anticipated new album. DODGE AND BURN – the band’s third album and first full-length release in five years – will be available everywhere on Friday, September 25th. The album will be available for pre-order worldwide beginning this Friday, August 21st, with digital pre-orders receiving an instant download of the album’s electrifying new single, “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).” The new single will also be available digitally worldwide on August 21st.

Released today, the brand new single, “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” is streaming now exclusively via global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL. The Dead Weather has also premiered the ferociously compelling Ian & Cooper-directed video for “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).” Watch a teaser HERE and view the entire video via TIDAL.

Recorded in Nashville during breaks in each member’s ever-busy schedules, DODGE AND BURN was heralded back in October 2013 as the band and Third Man Records announced an innovative long-term plan that would see a series of Dead Weather 7-inch singles released in the year and a half leading up the album’s release. On July 6, 2015, DODGE AND BURN was officially announced along with Third Man Records’ Vault Package #25 featuring the only limited edition version of the new album, the only physical version of new single “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” and more. The Dead Weather have now unveiled the complete track list for DODGE AND BURN, which features the four previously released Vault tracks remixed and remastered and eight new songs:

I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
Let Me Through
Three Dollar Hat
Lose The Right
Rough Detective
Open Up
Be Still
Mile Markers
Cop and Go
Too Bad
Impossible Winner


The Dead Weather first united after Alison Mosshart’s band The Kills supported Jack White and Jack Lawrence’s band The Raconteurs on a string of North American dates. The trio followed the tour with a few informal recording sessions at White’s famed Third Man studio, soon augmented by Raconteurs collaborator/Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita. The result proved extraordinary – The Dead Weather’s debut album, HOREHOUND, arrived in July 2009 to worldwide critical acclaim and a top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. The four musicians celebrated the release with a 23-date North American tour before reconvening at Third Man in December for three further weeks of writing and recording.

Released less than a year after their debut, SEA OF COWARDS made it abundantly clear that The Dead Weather were no mere side project — White, Mosshart, Lawrence, and Fertita were now a band. Ultimately named among the top 15 on Rolling Stone’s “30 Best Albums of 2010,” SEA OF COWARDS drew rave reviews for its aggressive songcraft and overwhelming intensity, as did a worldwide tour highlighted by sold out headline dates and showstopping appearances at such legendary festivals as Coachella, Glastonbury, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Since then, The Dead Weather collective has remained busy as ever, constantly adding new milestones to their already-illustrious résumés. Born as a one-off collaboration between friends and tourmates, The Dead Weather has since evolved into one of the most vital and provocative bands in contemporary rock ‘n’ roll and DODGE AND BURN sees The Dead Weather pushing their creative line of attack to its very limits.

Guilty Simpson may have worked with hip-hop production luminaries from as far afield as California, New York and the UK, but his roots are forever in his hometown of Detroit.

It was fellow Detroit native J Dilla who gave Guilty his debut, on “Strapped” from Jaylib’s Champion Sound (2003), and “As Serious as Your Life,” a Four Tet remix. At Dilla’s request, Guilty joined the Stones Throw fold, releasing his debut solo album Ode To The Ghetto in 2008, which established him as one of Stones Throw’s flagship artists.

Two years later, Guilty returned with producer Madlib for OJ Simpson (Stones Throw, 2010), which Pitchfork heralded as “cohesive, focused, and flat-out fun… one of the best hip-hop records of the year.”

After a collaboration with the late Sean Price and producer Black Milk as Random Axe, and another with producer Apollo Brown, Guilty’s next appearance on Stones Throw was shorter but no less pivotal – a guest verse on “Fitta Happier” by Geoff Barrow’s hip-hop production super-group Quakers. Time spent with Quakers co-founder Katalyst in Australia yielded an artistic chemistry between the MC and producer, and led directly to Guilty’s third album for Stones Throw.

Detroit’s Son distils the essence of what made Ode To The Ghetto an underground classic. With the subject of life in the Motor City placed front and center, Guilty’s uncompromising rhymes fit seamlessly with Katalyst’s hard-hitting beats. The raps are every bit as gritty as on Ode or OJ, but there’s also a little light relief on tracks such as “Smoking,” probably about as close as Guilty will get to a summer anthem.

This is the Detroit MC on his best form, rapping over beats perfectly tailored to his rough baritone. Guilty Simpson has always been skillful at combining hardcore rap with thought-provoking observations about the world around him, and it’s this talent that comes to the fore on Detroit’s Son.


Comedy Dynamics will release Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection box set with 12 CDs, 6 DVDs, and a photo book on September 11, 2015.

Bill Hicks’ legacy has been compiled into one comprehensive box set to capture every commercially released album and special as well as over ten hours of unreleased performances pulled from Bill’s own collection of shows he recorded over his many years of touring, and a photo book and a photo book with many rare and never before seen photos. Once again Bill’s work will step into the spotlight and be enjoyed by and influence another generation of comics and fans.

Hicks tackled a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, consumerism, the media, and popular culture in a dark and controversial way. During the 1990s, he toured the United States and the U.K. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances. On February 26, 1994 at the age of 32, he died of pancreatic cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas. In subsequent years, his work gained a large amount of acclaim and he developed a strong following among a broad range of audiences around the world. He was named fourth greatest comedian of all time by London’s Channel 4 and 19th by Comedy Central.

You can pre-order it here.