James Gandolfini’s son to play Tony Soprano in upcoming prequel movie 

“Family: they’re the only ones you can depend on,” the great Tony Soprano once said. With that in mind, Sopranos creator David Chase has cast Michael Gandolfini to play the younger version of the mob boss famously portrayed by his late father, James Gandolfini, in the forthcoming prequel movie.

Entitled The Many Saints of Newark, the feature film is set during the 1967 race riots in Newark, New Jersey, when animosity between African Americans and Italian Americans reached a boiling point. The younger Soprano will feature prominently in the story, as will his father Johnny Boy and uncle Junior Soprano.

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini, who is 19, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.

Longtime Sopranos director Alan Taylor is on board to helm the film from a script Chase wrote alongside fellow series writer Lawrence Konner. Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Alessandro Nivola are among the other confirmed cast members. Production is set to begin later this year.

James Gandolfini played the role of Tony Soprano for six seasons on the award-winning HBO drama The Sopranos. For his efforts, he won three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe, and three SAG Awards. Tragically, Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.

Yoshiki composes music for the films xXx 4 and Spycies, as X Japan finish up first album in more than 22 years 

X Japan leader Yoshiki has been tapped to compose the theme song and additional music for the latest installment of the xXx franchise, xXx 4, starring Vin Diesel.

Yoshiki, the drummer, pianist and creative force in the legendary Japanese metal band, has previously composed music for Saw IVRepo! The Genetic Opera, and the anime series Attack on Titan.

The newest xXx movie is currently in pre-production, with Diesel himself hitting Instagram a few days ago to ask his fans for casting advice: “Heading into a xXx meeting this weekend… Who would you like to see added to the xXx League?”

The film is being produced by the relatively new company The H Collective, which is also currently financing its first animated feature, Spycies, an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki is also creating the theme song and music for Spycies, which is slated to hit theaters in China on August 8th, 2019.

“Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley said in a statement. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.”

Added Yoshiki, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.”

In addition to the film news, it’s been revealed that X Japan are finally completing work on their first new studio album in more than 22 years. In an interview with Consequence of Sound last year, Yoshiki had said that the band was planning to release the disc in late summer or early fall of 2018, but it now looks like a 2019 date is more likely. The prolific musician also revealed at the time that Marilyn Manson contributed to one of the tracks, and he was recently a guest at Manson’s 50th birthday party.

X Japan have sold 30 million singles and albums combined to date, with their last album, Dahlia, released in 1996. Sadly, classic members Hide (guitar) and Taiji (bass) passed away in 1998 and 2011, respectively.

Ariana Grande reveals tracklist, release date for thank u, next 

In the not too distant future, Ariana Grande is set to release thank u, next, the follow-up to her 2018 album, Sweetener. While an exact release date remains forthcoming, today Grande revealed the album’s 12-song tracklist. It includes previously revealed singles “thank u, next”, “imagine”, and “7 rings”, along with the curiously titled closing track, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”. See the full tracklist below.

Update, 8:30 pm ET: In an Instagram post, Grande has also revealed the thank u, next release date: February 8th.

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In March, Grande will embark on her “Sweetener World Tour”, which includes a headlining appearance at Coachella. You can get tickets here.

thank u, next Traklist:
01. imagine
02. needy
03. NASA
04. bloodline
05. fake smile
06. bad idea
07. make up
08. ghostin
09. in my head
10. 7 rings
11. thank u, next
12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored

Watch Grande’s video for “7 rings”:

As I Lay Dying unveil dates for 2019 US tour 

Following their controversial comeback last year, As I Lay Dying will continue to hit the road in 2019, having just announced a spring North American trek.

The band’s reunion was met with a mixed reaction, with a number of fans expressing dismay at the metalcore act’s decision to re-form with singer Tim Lambesis, who was famously imprisoned after pleading guilty to hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife.

Despite the backlash, As I Lay Dying embarked on successful tours of Europe and the States this past fall, with the band even upgrading to larger venues in Europe to meet ticket demand.

In a message posted in December, Lambesis addressed the backlash, writing, “I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work now is to undo the hurt I’ve caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change.”

The newly announced tour kicks off March 15th in St. Louis, Missouri, and works its way through the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast before wrapping up April 6th in Springfield, Missouri. See the full list of dates below. You can get tickets here.

As I Lay Dying 2019 Tour Dates
03/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Pops
03/16 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch
03/17 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
03/18 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Concert Hall
03/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
03/20 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
03/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
03/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
03/23 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
03/24 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
03/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore SoundStage
03/26 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
03/27 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
03/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
03/30 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
03/31 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
04/02 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
04/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
04/04 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
04/05 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
04/06 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex

Sam Elliott on first-ever Oscar nomination: “It’s about f*cking time” 

Among today’s Oscar nominations are a number of firsts: Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Spike Lee received his first ever nomination for Best Director, and Sam Elliott – a mainstay of contemporary cinema who’s accrued half a century in the profession – earned his first acting nomination for his supporting role in A Star Is Born.

Speaking with Deadline about the nomination, Elliott quipped, “It’s about fucking time.”

“Beyond that, it’s really about the work; it’s just about the creative process. It’s great to be recognized for that, that’s really all it’s about,” he added.

Elliott went on to share some thoughts on why he believes this new incarnation of A Star Is Born resonated so strongly with audiences.

(Read: Oscars 2019: Who Will Win, Who Should Win)

“I just think it has a number of universal themes that a lot of people can tap into,” Elliott remarked. “The music’s one thing, that stands alone on some level, but it’s also an intricate part of the story. The love story, the love and loss. Then beyond that, it’s the addiction theme. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t had some connection, either directly or indirectly, someone in their family, or someone they love, with alcoholism or addiction.”

He also reflected on the longevity of his career, saying, “Fifty years into the game and all of a sudden to have anything to do with this, to be connected with a film like this, it’s just a wonderful gift.”

A Star Is Born garnered a total of eight nominations, including those for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), and Original Song (“Shallow”). The ceremony goes down Sunday, February 24th on ABC. See the full list of nominations here.

Nilüfer Yanya announces debut LP, Miss Universe, shares “In Your Head”: Stream 

England’s Nilüfer Yanya first came onto our radar in 2017 at Iceland Airwaves, where Consequence of Sound’s own Lior Phillips described her as “an indie rock-adjacent Amy Winehouse.” Now we’ll finally get to see what this indie soul pop artist really has to offer when she releases her debut full-length, Miss Universe, on March 22nd via ATO Records.

The 17-track effort was recorded in the remote studio in Cornwall, UK where Yanya used to jam back when she was only beginning to embrace her musical drive. Co-production comes from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, her former guitar teacher, as well as live bandmates Jazzi Bobbi and Luke Bower. Additional producers include John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer, and M.T. Hadley.

As a first listen, the 23-year-old artist has shared the video for lead single “In Your Head”. The frantic clip — which was shot in and around Las Vegas — is a perfect pair for the track’s feverish exploration of perception verses reality. “I can do what I want/ I can feel what I feel/ Until you say it out loud/ How will I know if its real?” Yanya sings.

Speaking of the song in a press release, she says,

“Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me and I get trapped. There’s the things I need disguised as things I think I only want, things I think I’m choosing out of choice not necessity. Sometimes this only becomes clear in retrospect, or maybe it will never become clear. Some people may call that being paranoid. I think that’s what I wrote the song about , but what’s interesting to me, and what I think I was trying to get at, is the illusion of freedom.”

Take a listen via the clip below.

Miss Universe Artwork:

nilüfer yanya miss universe album cover artwork debut record

Miss Universe Tracklist:
02. In Your Head
03. Paralysed
04. Angels
05. Experience?
06. Paradise
07. Baby Blu
08. Warning
09. Heat Rises
10. Melt
11. “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
12. Safety Net
13. Tears
14. Monsters Under The Bed
15. The Unordained
16. Give Up Function
17. Heavyweight Champion of the Year

Yanya will tour behind the record throughout North America and Europe later this year. The trek begins in February with a run opening for Sharon Van Etten, one of our most anticipated tours of the year. Find Yanya’s full itinerary below.

Nilüfer Yanya 2019 Tour Dates:
02/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
02/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
02/08 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
02/09 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
02/11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
02/13 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
02/14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
02/15 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
02/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave *
02/18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
02/21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
02/22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial *
02/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
02/25 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery *
02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore *
02/28 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
03/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel *
03/28 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon
04/03 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA
04/04 – Manchester, UK @ YES
04/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/06 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
04/08 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester University
04/09 – London, UK @ Evolutionary Arts Hackney
04/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
04/12 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
04/13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
04/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
04/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
04/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
04/18 – Berlin, De @ Kantine am Berghain
04/19 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
04/21 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea Club
04/22 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
04/24 – Zurich, CH @ Exil
04/25 – Koln, DE @ Blue Shell
04/26 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere
04/29 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique Festival
04/30 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
05/01 – Utrecht, NL @ ACU
06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
08/08-12 – Barcelona, ES @ Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

* = w/ Sharon Van Etten

Chris Brown denies rape allegations: “This B*tch Lyin'” 

Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on early Tuesday following allegations of rape.

The embattled singer has since been released from custody, according to TMZ, and he’s addressed the allegations with a defiant three word message. “This Bitch Lyin'” reads an image posted to his Instagram page.


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Meanwhile, France’s Closer Magazine has published an interview with the alleged victim. The woman — identified by the pseudonym “Karima” — is described as a 24-year-old model. Karima says she met Brown at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the night of January 15th. After accompanying him to a local night club, Karima alleges that Brown convinced her to return to his suite at the Mandarin, where the alleged assault took place. Karima says she was also assaulted by one of Brown’s friends and his bodyguard, both of who were arrested along with Brown.

An associate of Brown disputed Karima’s account in an interview with TMZ, saying that the singer hosted a group of people in his room and was never alone with the alleged victim.

Under French law, suspects being questioned by the police can be kept in custody for up to 24 hours, according to the New York Times. If he is forced to stand trial, Brown would be required to surrender his passport and remain in Paris pending trial.

Brown already has a lengthy criminal record to his name. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Since then, he’s twice been charged with felony battery and was involved in a police standoff. In December 2018, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts relating to the possession of an exotic monkey and is currently facing six months in a California jail.

Oscars 2019 Predictions: Who Will Win, Who Should Win 

Every year, the Academy surprises us. Whether it’s through a slate of predictable Oscar fluff or a swath of uncompromising snubs, the powers that be never fail to elicit some kind of vitriolic response from its core base of critics, moviegoers, and Hollywood zealots. That shock starts at the nominations and lasts all the way until the morning after the ceremony.

This year is no exception. There’s outrage over the nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book, while at the same time, there’s admiration for the dozen to half-dozen that’s been respectively given to The Favourite or BlacKkKlansman. Yet for all its pros and cons, the ceremony itself remains consistent in being a total enigma.

Hollywood analysts can read the tea leaves until they look like the blind guy in Lamberto Bava’s Demons, and still, it doesn’t change the fact that the night will bring a series of triumphs and upsets that will all boil down to bewilderment. Some may find that irritating, some may find that comforting, others may sit there wondering what Roma means.

That’s why, in a sense, it’s a fool’s errand to sit here and try and predict anything. Unlike sports, there aren’t really any objective statistics to base these predictions on, namely because any statistics are all based on prior subjectivity. Yet part of any surprise is building expectations, and that’s where these analyses thrive.

That is, if you can appreciate the surprise of being right or wrong.

Alas, here are Consequence of Sound‘s bolder-than-ever predictions going into the 91st Academy Awards. Whether they’re on-target or off the map, we’ll see on Sunday, February 24th, when it all goes down on ABC.

–Michael Roffman


Best Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Panther
First Man
A Quiet Place

What should win: A Quiet Place

What will win: First Man

Coming into this year’s nominations, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had started making a number of appearances on forecast lists, ranging from Best Original Score to Best Actress for Emily Blunt. Sadly, neither came to fruition for the blockbuster thriller, but it did manage to whisper away a Best Sound Editing nom — and rightfully so. The entire film is predicated on the lack of noise, which makes any sounds that much more integral, and the film’s rich palette is impressive. However, Damien Chazelle’s First Man is a technical marvel, and given the lack of nominations in any other field, it would appear the voters tend to think so, too. This win for Apollo is a kosher one, but we’d love an upset by Jim Halpert. –Michael Roffman


Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

What should win: A Star Is Born

What will win: First Man

As you can see, we’re picking First Man and its appropriately deafening theatrics in both sound categories. Damien Chazelle’s film lends the first moon landing a bracing sense of immediacy and impact, which owes a direct debt to the sonically overwhelming nature of the film’s sound design and mixing. However, one of the most impressive experiences we had in a theater all year was watching (and thus, hearing) A Star is Born in a crisp, clear Dolby theater. Not all live performances are created alike, and if you’re wondering why some of those concert scenes hit you the way they did, this is why. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

What should win: Ready Player One

What will win: Avengers: Infinity War

With Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg delivered a computer animated movie given the amount of time that’s spent in the Oasis. But really, all you need to do is watch that homage to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in which the entire Overlook Hotel is brought back to life through video manipulation. It’s a jaw-dropping moment of visual effects wizardry, echoing back to the days of Terminator 2 and Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park. Having said that, Marvel has yet to win in this field, and isn’t Infinity War, what with its smorgasbord of heroes and villains, a perfect time for comeuppance? —Michael Roffman


Best Film Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
Vice, Hank Corwin
The Favourite, Yorgos Mavropsaridis
BlacKkKlansman, Barry Alexander Brown
Green Book, Patrick J. Don Vito

What should win: BlacKkKlansman

What will win:  Vice

With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s go-to editor Barry Alexander Brown had the unenviable task of shifting the story from a punchy ’70s setting to the real-world violence of today, specifically the Charlottesville riots that happened as recent as 2017. That’s not just difficult, but nearly impossible, and while many critics have been on the fence with the film’s polarizing coda, very few will argue it wasn’t an effective button that chills the bones. Those feelings *hopefully* won’t get lost on the voters, though we’re betting they’ll be charmed (and swayed) by the cutesy pastiches of Adam McKay’s Vice. To be fair, that faux credits sequence midway through the film is one of the comedy’s greatest gags and it’s all Hank Corwin.  —Michael Roffman


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

vice christian bale movie amy adams

Vice (Annapurna)

Mary Queen of Scots

What should win: Vice

What will win: Vice

Impressive work across the board here, particularly in the case of Border, which uses its makeup in service of something more minimal, and more dramatically lasting. But while it would be easy to predict a costume drama full of lavish looks and getups as the winner in this category (the kind of thing it tends to favor each year), we’re thinking that this year’s statue will go to the impressive work done on turning Christian Bale into Dick Cheney in Vice. The actor’s insane weight training isn’t everything, after all. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Best Costume Design

The Favourite, Fox Searchlight, Emma Stone

The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)

Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter
The Favourite, Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres

What should win: The Favourite

What will win: The Favourite

This is one of the year’s toughest categories to call. After all, you can make arguments for the merits of just about any film in this category, from Sandy Powell‘s excellent 2D animation-stitched work on Poppins or Ruth E. Carter‘s unforgettable array of traditional and modernized African looks in Black Panther. However, the best costume design helps contribute to the film’s story in a more meaningful away, and we’re thinking that The Favourite and its litany of layered dresses concealing all kinds of secrets will win on that basis alone. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Best Production Design

Black Panther , Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
The Favourite , Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton
First Man , Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas
Mary Poppins Returns , John Myhre and Gordon Sim
Roma , Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez

What should win: Roma

What will win: Roma

More tough calls to make for the 91st Oscars. Each of these films has its own clear, cogent argument to make for why it deserves a Production Design award, from dazzling revivals of old-fashioned film styles to daring new visions of what a modern superhero movie can look like. But once again, we think the technical accomplishments of Roma will be too much for the Academy to deny. And if you think about it, what film last year draws more attention to its lavish visual direction? Whether it’s rebuilding a Mexico City street doorway-by-doorway, or filling a torched field with perfectly placed debris, or gazing over a missing set of bookshelves in a house’s foyer, some of the film’s best stuff emerges from some of its finest details. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Best Cinematography

Roma (Netflix)

Roma (Netflix)

The Favourite, Robbie Ryan
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron
Cold War, Lukasz Zal
A Star Is Born, Matty Libatique
Never Look Away, Caleb Deschanel

What should win: Cold War

What will win: Roma

There are a few Oscars categories this year in which it’ll be hard to bet against Roma, and here we are again. The look of the film’s lustrous, high-definition black-and-white photography is made all the more remarkable when you consider its director stepping behind the camera as well, flawlessly executing some of the year’s most complex shots with what seems like no effort at all. However, there’s an embarrassment of riches to be found throughout this year’s entire crop of photographers, our particular favorite being Lukasz Zal‘s equally rich black-and-white work on Cold War. Great year for great-looking movies. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Best Original Song

“Shallow” ,A Star Is Born, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

“All the Stars” ,Black Panther, written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith
Performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

“The Place Where Lost Things Go”, Mary Poppins Returns, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Performed by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda

“I’ll Fight” ,RBG, written by Diane Warren
Performed by Jennifer Hudson

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Gilian Welch and David Rawlings
Performed by Tim Blake Nelson

What should win: “Shallow”, A Star Is Born

What will win: “Shallow”, A Star Is Born

Here’s one way to clear the air on this category. While “All the Stars” was the best song of 2018, it had a nominal effect on Black Panther, relegated to the credits as if to say, “Grab this track now on iTunes.” But “Shallow”? It’s the whole goddamn movie, and you feel that every time you stream it. So many moments and so many emotions are packed into that single song, and they all have breadcrumbs leading back to Bradley Cooper’s debut feature. –Michael Roffman


Best Original Score

BlacKkKlansman, Terence Blanchard
Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
If Beale Street Could Talk, Nicholas Britell
Mary Poppins Returns, Marc Shaiman
Isle of Dogs, Alexandre Desplat

What should win: If Beale Street Could Talk

What will win: Black Panther

Given the Academy’s notoriously touchy Original Score policies, it’s hard enough for a great score to even get nominated. (Our hearts and fuzz pedals turn to Mandy in this trying time.) Even now, in a crop of good-to-great nominees, we can sit and quibble all day about the Radiohead members and other composers who got short shrift this past year. But the category is the category, and on that basis, we’re excited to see whether If Beale Street Could Talk can make some noise in at least a few categories. Nicholas Britell‘s remarkable score acts as a thematic hinge on which Barry Jenkins’ beautiful film swings, and we’d love to see it grab some honors here. However, our money is with Black Panther. After all, is there a more instantly recognizable piece of composition from 2018 in general than “Wakanda”? It was so good, they even re-used it in Infinity War. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behavior
Late Afternoon
One Small Step

What should win: Baos

What will win: Bao

While it’d be more than a bit of a misnomer to simply dismiss this category as “the Pixar award”, it’s tough to deny that the animation house has a pretty strong grip on the past 20 years or so of the Animated Short program. We’re expecting that they’ll continue their reign this year with Bao, originally attached to Incredibles 2. The deeply affecting story of the bond between an empty-nesting woman and a dumpling that becomes a surrogate child to her. In just a few minutes, Pixar does what it does best: takes a wrenching, difficult adult concept (letting go of your kids as they age as a part of good parenting) and makes it digest … well, easy to understand for anyone at any age. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Black Sheep
End Game
A Night at the Garden
Period. End Of Sentence

What should win: A Night at the Garden

What will win: Lifeboat

The Documentary Short category tends to thrive on topicality, and this year is no different. From stories of long-buried American history to a look at the ways in which periods have been used to culturally discriminate against and disadvantage women, the category is taking a wide berth in the issues it addresses in 2019. Our pick goes to Lifeboat, an affecting look at the constant danger taken on by refugees attempting to escape war-torn countries in hopes of a better future. There are few subjects more engrained in the aware person’s consciousness these days, and we think the Oscars will take the opportunity to provide yet another platform for discussion. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


Pip Blom announce debut album, Boat, share “Daddy Issues”: Stream 

Based out of Amsterdam, rising indie rocker Pip Blom has a big year ahead of her. After signing on with Heavenly Recordings (The King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mark Lanegan), the 22-year-old is prepping to release her full-length debut, Boat, this summer. Blom, who’s opened for the likes of Garbage and The Breeders, is also set to support that LP with her first-ever US show at South By Southwest in March.

Boat, which officially arrives May 31st, was recorded at Big Jelly Studios in Margate, UK by Dave McCracken, who’s worked on releases from Depeche Mode and Florence and the Machine. The effort’s 10 tracks were then mixed by Dillip Harris in — of all places — a shipping container that sits along the banks of the Thames in East London.

Blom and her band are offering an early teaser of the new album via “Daddy Issues”, a lead single whose bouncy, upbeat tone is often sliced by keen, perfectly timed guitars. Take a listen below.

Along with SXSW 2019, Blom, who first launched her career through a songwriting competition, is also set to perform at NOS Alive Festival in Portugal and Mad Cool Festival in Spain.

Check out the album artwork and tracklist.

Boat Artwork:

pip blom debut album boat 2019

Boat Tracklist:
01. Daddy Issues
02. Don’t Make It Difficult
03. Say It
04. Tired
05. Bedhead
06. Tinfoil
07. Ruby
08. Set Of Stairs
09. Sorry
10. Aha

Surviving Static-X lineup to co-headline 2019 North American tour with DevilDriver 

Following last year’s announcement of a new album featuring the vocals of their late frontman Wayne Static, as well as guest singers, the surviving members of L.A. industrial metal group Static-X have revealed that they will be embarking on a North American tour this summer with co-headliners DevilDriver. They’ve also shared a video for a newly recorded version of “Push It” featuring as as-yet-unnamed guest vocalist.

Billed as a memorial tribute to Wayne Static, this tour was set up both to promote their forthcoming album, Project Generation, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip.

“Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne and to celebrate the music that has been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years,” bassist Tony Campos said in a statement accompanying the news. “It’s all about channeling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic Static-X songs live and loud.”

In addition to Static-X and DevilDriver, the tour will feature support from Dope, the heavy rockers who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album Felons and Revolutionaries. The trek kicks off on June 18th in Tempe, Arizona. You can get tickets here.

“For those who don’t know, I am the one who first discovered STATIC-X back in the day in a small club in front of about 40 people,” DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara said. “Co-headlining this first memorial tour is not only a way to pay homage to Wayne, but something I’m very excited to do. Static-X will be closing the show each night out of respect for Wayne. I’ll be there nightly, side stage, watching the unit do their thing with a big smile. I hope that Wayne will be there in spirit, watching as his brothers pay respect by bringing this music back to the fans that made the band so massive! I know he would have loved this!”

The only question that remains is who Static-X has found to take over vocals for Wayne Static on this upcoming tour. The promo clip that the band released today obscures the person singing this new version of “Push It,” a tune originally found on Wisconsin Death Trip. The band insists that they will reveal this mystery guest in due time but for the moment, says drummer Ken Jay, “It would be inappropriate for us to put the focus on anyone other than Wayne, Tony, Koichi and myself. It feels like the best way for us to celebrate Wayne’s legacy, along with the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip, with all of our fans.”

Wayne Static died at age 41 in 2014 from a lethal mix of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, with a pre-sale beginning tomorrow. Both Static-X (click here) and DevilDriver (click here) are offering meet and greets for various stops on this trek, as well. Meanwhile, details on the new Static-X album are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. You can also get tickets here.

Static-X and DevilDriver Co-Headlining Tour Dates with Dope:
06/18 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
06/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
06/21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
06/22 – Houston, TX @ The Warehouse
06/23 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
06/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
06/26 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
06/28 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
06/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
06/30 – Scranton, PA @ Levels
07/02 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
07/03 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
07/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
07/05 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
07/06 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
07/07 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
07/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
07/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
07/12 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
07/13 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
07/14 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
07/16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
07/18 – Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rockfest
07/19 – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Casino
07/20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
07/21 – Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
07/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One
07/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Static-X DevilDriver tour poster