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Mastodon Release Acoustic Reworking of “Teardrinker” Ahead of Upcoming US Dates with Opeth

Mastodon have released an acoustic reworking of their epic “Teardrinker” ahead of resuming their US co-headliner with Opeth.

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Ahead of their upcoming co-headline tour with Opeth, GRAMMY® Award winners Mastodon have released an acoustic version of “Teardrinker” from their internationally acclaimed album Hushed and Grim.

The reimagined version displays a new side to Mastodon’s musical prism that is as equally powerful as the original but through a more plaintive lens. The track was composed by all four band members and features lead vocals by Brann Dailor, with backing vocals by Brent Hinds, Troy Sanders, and Dailor as well. Joao Nogueira provides keyboards and will also be touring with Mastodon.

As previously announced, 2022 GRAMMY® nominated Mastodon will return to the road for the second leg of their acclaimed co-headline tour with Opeth this Spring. The North American jaunt resumes on April 21 at Place Bell in Montreal, QC, and concludes on May 14 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA.

Check out our review and killer photos from their show in Arizona from the first run of dates here.

Tour Dates (w/ Opeth):

04/21 – Montreal – Place Bell
04/22 – Toronto – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/23 – Cleveland – The Agora
04/24 – Pittsburgh – Stage AE
04/26 – Philadelphia – The Met
04/28 – Chicago – Aragon Ballroom
04/29 – Detroit – The Masonic
04/30 – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom
05/01 – St. Paul – The Myth
05/03 – Saskatoon – TCU Place
05/04 – Calgary – Grey Eagle Events Centre
05/05 – Edmonton – EDM Expo Center
05/07 – Vancouver – Thunderbird Sports Centre
05/08 – Seattle – Paramount Theater
05/09 – Portland – Keller Auditorium
05/11 – Riverside – Municipal Auditorium
05/12 – Reno – Grand Sierra Resort
05/13 – Las Vegas – House of Blues
05/14 – San Diego – The Observatory North Park

Tour Dates (European Festival Dates):

06/01 – Leipzig, GER – Parkbuehne Held’ *
06/02 – Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/04 – Nurburgring, GER – Rock Am Ring
06/05 – Nurnburg, GER – Rock Im Park
06/07 – Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel *
06/09 – Tilburg, NL – O13 *
06/11 – Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
06/13 – Dortmund, GER – FZW *
06/14 – Bremen, GER – Pier 2 *
06/16 – Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/17 – Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/18 – Copenhagen, DK – Copenhell
06/20 – Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik *
06/21 – Malmo, SWE – KB *
06/23 – Oslo, NOR – Tons of Rock
06/26 – Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
06/27 – Vienna, AUT – Open Air
06/28 – Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factorycopenhel *
07/01 – Lisbon, POR – VOA Festival National Stadium
07/02 – Vivero, SPA – Resurrection Festival

* Indicates European headline dates

09/23 – Louisville – Louder Than Life Festival

Artwork for ‘Hushed and Grim’ by Mastodon

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.

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OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup

OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.

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OSHEAGA 2024

The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.

If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD

PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD

Get your tickets while they last!

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Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’

Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.

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Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.

CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.

Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.

Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”

Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.

Chris Ostler "CO2" album artwork

Chris Ostler “CO2” album artwork

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Letters Sent Home Release New Single “Ignorance” (feat. Sumner Peterson)

On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson.

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Letters Sent Home, photo by Jana Boese
Letters Sent Home, photo by Jana Boese

On February 19th, German quartet Letters Sent Home released their newest single, “Ignorance,” featuring Dead Lakes vocalist Sumner Peterson via SharpTone Records off their upcoming debut album Forever Undone.

The band said of the latest release:

“‘Ignorance’ represents the frustration and helplessness of young people regarding the climate crisis. At the same time, it is begging the people in power to start working with us to try and save the planet.”

Recently, Letters Sent Home announced their debut album, Forever Undone, set to be released on April 12 via SharpTone Records. The album features new single “Ignorance” as well as recently released singles “Request Denied,” “Elements,” and “I Hope I Die First,” alongside seven new, ambitious tracks.

Vocalist Emily Paschke said of the of the upcoming record:

“We have been told that people mostly like our music due to relatability and personality in our songs. We believe to have pushed this to an extreme, for this album is as personal as it could possibly get. I am truly nervous about some of these songs being heard by certain people but writing this album has been very therapeutic in the way that I finally started dealing with stuff I have been consciously and subconsciously ignoring for the past years.”

Across three well-received EPs of “sad, hard music,” the German quartet has made their name as a band that match infectious melody and huge choruses with the lyrical depth and heart of people with a lot to say.

Letters Sent Home ‘Forever Undone’ album artwork

Letters Sent Home ‘Forever Undone’ album artwork

Forever Undone Track Listing:

1. Earthquake
2. Request Denied
3. Ignorance
4. Pedestal
5. Elements
6. Hysteria
7. Seven
8. Gaslight
9. Sadists
10. Final Battle
11. I hope I die first.

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