Seether set to kick off 2015 US spring tour

31. March 2015 10:30 by Julie Merar in Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


One of the few worldwide known rock bands that proudly call South Africa home, Seether has been energizing crowds with its ambitious branch of heavy metal for more than 15 years. With six studio albums in its catalog, Seether continues to build off its early 90s grunge influences and craft its own brawny blends of down-tuned power chords and undeniably catchy choruses into different sonic directions. Now, Seether is all set to hit the road again, after announcing a headlining 2015 spring tour that will see them traveling to major cities all across the country.

Catch them near you
Seether is all set to rock out 21 dates while on tour, with a show kicking off in Charlotte, N.C., on April 24, 2015 and concluding in Maryland Heights, MO., on May 23. Geographically speaking, the tour predominantly sticks to the East Coast and the Midwest, including multiple stops in states such as New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Even if Seether won't be stopping in your city, the band is planning on having their May 12 performance at the House of Blues in Cleveland being available to stream via Yahoo!

Before touring the world and selling millions of records, lead singer and guitarist Shaun Morgan wore his rock influences on his sleeve, performing in cover bands around his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. While he displayed his worship of rock gods like Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty on stage, deep down Morgan knew that he needed to get his own voice out to the crowds. In 1999, Morgan created Saron Gas, the foundation for what would eventually become Seether. With fellow South Africans Dale Stewart on bass and John Humphrey on drums, Saron Gas began drawing attention all over the country, until eventually peaking the interests of Wind Up Records in the U.S.

After signing with Wind Up Records, the band transformed into Seether, and launched themselves onto the alternative rock scene with their debut album Disclaimer. Since then, they've delivered dozens of powerful singles, such as the abrasive "Gasoline," the haunting "Fine Again" and No. 1 Billboard placing songs like "Fake It," "Remedy" and "Country Song." This is a perfect chance for Seether fans to see gems off its latest album Isolate and Medicate, which was met with much critical acclaim while being produced by legendary producer Brendan O'Brien, known for collaborating with legends such as Pearl Jam, Mastodon and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

J. Cole extends Forest Hills Drive tour

9. March 2015 10:35 by Julie Merar in Music , Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


Hiphop artist J. Cole has already proven to be rather busy in 2015. Besides palling around with NASCAR race car driver and fellow North Carolina native Dale Earnhart Jr. for the cover of ESPN Magazine, Cole has been traveling on the first leg of the Forest Hills Drive tour to support his most recent album. Cole first announced a "homecoming" tour in which he'd be playing smaller venues across the U.S., specifically near his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Now, Cole has revealed a second and third leg of shows to be played in larger arenas. 

The Forest Hills Drive tour 
J. Cole's third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, has solidified him as one of the most exciting artists in contemporary hiphop. After wrapping up the "homecoming" phase of his tour, the talented emcee will then be going to Europe for a handful of shows in a phase designated as "the journey." While Cole is abroad he has scheduled performances in major cities such as Stockholm, Glasgow, Berlin, Paris and Zurich, before wrapping up this phase in London. Rapper Pusha T and R & B singer Jhene Aiko are slated to support Cole during his time in Europe.

Cole will then be returning to the U.S. to round out the tour at a number of larger arenas and amphitheaters. With an awesome cast of artists including Big Sean, YG and Jeremih, Cole's "Hollywood" phase is sure to be one of the best live hiphop lineups of 2015. Cole is scheduled to play numerous major cities include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston and Dallas. The Music Times notes that not every artist will be present for every date, so fans should double check the roster prior to purchasing tickets.

Interestingly enough, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is not a reference to the year, but in fact the address in Fayetteville at which Cole grew up. The album has gained critical acclaim for its conceptual intelligence and lack of marketing ploys. Cole's third album has no feature artists and is not propelled by radio-friendly singles. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is profoundly personal and introspective, but also nods to a number of Cole's influences. Overall, this juxtaposition creates an album that is notably free of gimmicks and proves Cole's adept skills are a lyricist, beat-maker and producer.

Lauryn Hill gears up for acoustic tour

5. February 2015 12:44 by Julie Merar in Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


Lauryn Hill, the successful solo artist and former singer of The Fugees, will begin a small tour across a number of venues in early February 2015. Simply titled, "Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series," Hill's tour will consist of six shows in small theaters in Washington D.C. and New York, each of which only holds under 500 spectators. While Hill has performed at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and the Voodoo Music Experience, her artful blend of hip hop, R & B and reggae seems especially apt for more intimate music halls. Regular and VIP tickets are currently on sale. The VIP package includes a chance to meet with the artist as well as opportunities for photos and autographs.

Small Axe 
Hill's acoustic series will kick off in Washington D.C. at the Howard Theatre during Valentine's Day weekend, with back-to-back dates on February 13th and 14th. This will be followed by a Tuesday show on February 17th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Hill will then perform two shows at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on February 20th and 23rd, before completing her short run with an early and late show on the 25th at Blue Note. 

Lauryn Hill 
Born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1975, Hill began singing and acting at a young age, and started working with The Fugees when she was only 13. While initially the group had little success, The Fugees sophomore album The Score brought Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel to international fame. During this time Hill took breaks from the group to pursue her acting career and attend Columbia University. Shortly after, Hill garnered mass critical acclaim for her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

By the year 2000, Hill had purposefully tried to remove herself from the public eye. She instead focused on raising her children with Rohan Marley, son of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley, although Hill did release an acoustic live double album titled MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Over the following years she'd tour sporadically, performing at some of the biggest music festivals in the world such as Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Raggamuffin Music Festival. In 2014, Hill served as narrator of the Swedish documentary, "Concerning Violence," which won several major cinematic awards. Hill continues to release singles every once and awhile and remains a talented live performer.