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Ville Valo Teases New Album ‘Neon Noir’ with Second Single “Echolocate Your Love” 

Ville Valo (VV), one of the pioneers of Finnish “Love Metal,” has released “Echolocate Your Love,” the second single from his forthcoming debut solo album, ‘Neon Noir.’

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Ville Valo (VV), one of the pioneers of Finnish “Love Metal,” has released “Echolocate Your Love,” the second single from his forthcoming debut solo album, Neon Noir. The recording is due out in 2023, and more info will be released in due course.

Commenting on the new song, Valo shares:

“It’s a sonic step-by-step guide on how to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, the realm of VV with its abundance of things that go bump in the night. It’s a teary mascara marathon between Robert Smith and Ozzy, with a dash of hope.”

Additionally, VV has a massive headlining tour scheduled for 2023 which will take the artist across Europe, the UK and North America. Several cities are already sold out, so get your tickets now!

Neon Noir European Tour Dates:

13.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)
14.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)
15.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)
14.01 – Stodola, Warsaw
15.02 – Studio, Krakow
16.02 – LMB, Prague (sold out)
17.02 – Huxley’s Berlin (sold out)
18.02 – Fabrik, Hamburg (sold out)
20.02 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
21.02 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (sold out)
22.02 – Komplex, Zurich
24.02 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona
25.02 – La Riviera, Madrid
26.02 – Cineteatro Capitolio, Lisbon
27.02 – Hard Club, Porto
02.03 – Alcatraz, Milan
03.03 – Backstage Werk, Munich (sold out)
04.03 – Barba Negra, Budapest
05.03 – Arena, Vienna (sold out)
07.03 – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette
08.03 – LMH, Cologne (sold out)
09.03 – Le Trabendo, Paris

Neon Noir European Tour Dates:

10.03 – O2 Academy, Bristol
11.03 – Rock City, Nottingham
13.03 – Garage, Glasgow (sold out)
14.03 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
15.03 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Neon Noir North American Tour Dates:

31.03 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia
01.04 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia (sold out)
02.04 – Big Night Live, Boston
04.04 – Roxian Theater, Pittsburgh
05.04 – House of Blues, Cleveland
06.04 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit
08.04 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati
09.04 – House of Blues, Chicago (sold out)
10.04 – House of Blues, Chicago
11.04 – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
13.04 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver
14.04 – The Depot, Salt Lake City
16.04 – Ace of Spaces, Sacramento
17.04 – The Fillmore, San Francisco
18.04 – The Belasco, Los Angeles (sold out)
19.04 – The Belasco, Los Angeles
21.04 – House of Blues, Las Vegas
22.04 – House of Blues, San Diego
23.04 – The Van Buren, Phoenix
25.04 – House of Blues, Dallas
26.04 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio
27.04 – House of Blues, Houston
28.04 – House of Blues, New Orleans
30.04 – House of Blues, Orlando
01.05 – Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale
03.05 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta
04.05 – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville
05.05 – The Underground, Charlotte
07.05 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring
08.05 – Irving Plaza, New York
09.05 – Irving Plaza, New York

Artwork for the album ‘Neon Noir’ by Ville Valo

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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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Django McLear Folkabilly Maestro Drops “Eye of the Storm”

Berlin, Feb 10, 2024 – Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16.

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Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16. Known for his distinct style, drawing inspiration from legends like The White Buffalo and Johnny Cash, McLear’s powerful ballad echoes resilience.

As the 11th track, “Eye of the Storm,” wraps up the strategic waterfall release, depicting a journey through life’s tempests. McLear, a one-man band, showcases his multi-instrumentalist skills in this heartfelt creation. Following Folkabilly tradition, the song embraces a powerful ballad style, narrating resilience in the face of challenges. Recorded in McLear’s Berlin home studio, it follows the previous single “A Ramblin’ Man,” and combines evocative melodies with heartfelt lyrics.

“Eye of the Storm” is a metaphorical refuge in the tumult of life’s challenges. McLear’s lyrics portray an unwavering determination to stand tall amidst adversity. The song’s emotional landscape weaves through personal trials, offering a narrative of strength and growth, ultimately finding calm within the chaos. The main message is: “I don’t break.”

Debuting on Spotify and YouTube on Feb 16, the song promises a crescendo of emotion, marking the final chapter of the album’s strategic release. Django McLear plans an extensive social media campaign and live performances across Berlin post-release. “Eye of the Storm” takes center stage, serving as the emotional centrepiece in shows, embodying the essence of a wandering troubadour.

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Django McLear “Eye of the Storm” single artwork

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Shakira Confirms 12th Studio Album ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran ’

Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran,’ will be out on March 22nd – get all the details here!

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Shakira, photo by Jaume de Laiguana

GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, will be out on March 22nd! Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran notably marks her first album in seven years and is a dazzling testament to Shakira’s resilience and strength and music’s power to transform even the most trying experiences into precious moments.

Earlier this week, fans got a glimpse of what is to come during her Super Bowl commercial teaser. The new album boasts 16 tracks, eight new plus a remix, and seven previously released smash hit singles, including “Music Sessions Vol. 53” with Bizarrap, “TQG” with Karol G, “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro, “Copa Vacía” with Manuel Turizo, and more.

Shakira shares her experience of making the new album:

“Making this album has been an alchemical process. While writing each song I was rebuilding myself. While singing them, my tears transformed into diamonds, and my vulnerability into strength.”

Shakira’s latest album marks her debut release on vinyl, featuring distinct artwork editions in Canada. The Sapphire edition will be exclusively offered on Amazon Canada. Fans can find the Emerald edition exclusively on Shakira’s official website, and all major retailers will stock the Diamond edition.

Shakira already holds the place of the best-selling female Latin artist in history, with a decades-long trajectory of trailblazing and hit-making, but has continued to solidify her legendary status in the past year due to the runaway success of her latest releases. Her success will no doubt continue with the release of her new album, as her vulnerability, confidence, and passion highlight both her personal challenges and her triumphs.

Shakira ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran’ album artwork

Shakira ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran’ album artwork

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