In 1909, Westerville, Ohio became the national headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League, an organization dedicated to outlawing the sale of alcoholic beverages across the United States. Later known as the National Temperance League and the American Council on Alcohol Problems, the group’s legacy lingered in the Columbus suburb long after prohibition had come and gone … More »
Rage Against The Machine haven’t been seen together in nearly a decade—since their headlining show at the LA Coliseum in 2011, to be exact. However, fans noticed something exciting on the morning of November 1: the band silently announced a string of dates for 2020 on a newly formed Instagram page, including two weekends in Indio, Califorina during the weeks Coachella is set to be hosted. One can only draw the conclusion from there that Rage Against The Machine might have just outed themselves as the festival’s first headliners.
Known for their outspoken political opinions since their formation in 1991, the group has coincidentally scheduled their 2020 tour dates around South Western locales and border towns. The dates also align with the current election cycle, taking during the spring season when campaigning for the next presidential election will be reaching its peak. As Forbes pointed out in their report, Rage Against The Machine’s last reunion tour coincided with the 2008 election, whilst Prophets Of Rage—formed by Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Chuck D from Public Enemy, and Rage’s Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford—came into being around the 2016 election. It seems likely that this tour will also be infused with a hint of the band’s known activism.
Keep watch on Rage Against The Machine’s channels for more details.
El Paso, TX, March 26, 2020
Las Cruces, NM, March 28, 2020
Phoenix, AZ, March 30, 2020
Indio, CA April 10, 2020
Indio, CA April 17, 2020
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Start exercising your middle fingers now. Tomorrow, The Battle Of Los Angeles, the final non-covers album from ’90s rap-rock invective gods Rage Against The Machine, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. And today brings the news that Rage Against The Machine are getting back together. Next year, according to reports from Forbes … More »
If you went to high school in the ’90s, you almost definitely saw someone cover Rage Against The Machine’s 1996 monster-banger “Bulls On Parade” at least once. Maybe you covered the song yourself. We couldn’t help that shit. “Bulls On Parade” was in the air, and even if you had no idea what a five-sided … More »
Tom Morello has released his first-ever solo album under his own name, entitled The Atlas Underground. As an undisputed rock icon and top guitarist, Morello has led bands like Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and now Prophets of Rage to success through making music that centers around raw, real emotion. Now, the Guitar Hero III boss has made it his mission to join together the energy behind rock music together with modern electronic dance music through a collaborative, focused album.
Enlisting artists from the electronic world that inspire him, Morello has created an album that bridges a gap between a generation of those who grew up when rock music was king, and those who have been raised at the height of electronic music’s success. For the latter, Morello explained in conversation with Zane Lowe at his Los Angeles stop of The Atlas Underground Experience that his intention with this album is to “inflict” the energy of guitars onto the next generation, inspiring future rockstars along the way. Working with stand-out artists like Knife Party, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and K.Flay, Morello has created something true to himself in its motivations in social justice. Not only that, but the music succeeds at its intention to make us both rock out and dance.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2019 Rock Hall class. Among the list for the fifth time is a pioneer of popular electronic music, Kraftwerk. Starting in 1970, the band became a leader in progressive rock by using synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments.
Their first three albums Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), and The Man-Machine (1978) were characterized as “robot pop.” They used electronic elements with pop melodies, simple arrangements, and repetitive rhythms. Wearing matching suits had them checking off the branding portion of being a popular band.
These projects lead to the influence of many genres of modern music, including synthpop, ambient, hip hop, post-punk, techno, and club music. The Observer once editorialized, “no other band since The Beatles has given so much to pop culture.”
Kraftwerk was awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, their Autobahn album made it to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, and they won the 2018 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for their 3-D The Catalogue live album.
First-time nominated acts include Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Devo, Roxy Music, John Prine and Todd Rundgren. Other nominations went to the returning Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, Kraftwerk, and the Zombies. Previous nominees Kate Bush, Nine Inch Nails and Bad Brains were taken off the list.
The final list of inductees will be confirmed in December 2019 and the induction ceremony will take place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the meantime, fans can vote at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.
It’s time to start arguing again! The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced this year’s wave of nominations: 15 artists who will have the chance to join the class of 2019 inductees. We have a whole lot of repeat nominees this year, including notable 2018 snubs Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine. And … More »
Forty years ago today, Devo released their historic debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. Here’s an incomplete list of albums that appeared in the Billboard top 20 in August 1978, the same month Devo brought that polarizing LP into a perpetually unprepared world: Pablo Cruise’s Worlds Away, the Moody Blues’ Octave, … More »
In anticipation of his forthcoming solo album, The Atlas Underground, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, has aligned himself with hip-hop associates Big Boi and Killer Mike, as well as ubiquitous bass producer, Bassnectar, for “Rabbit’s Revenge.” The track takes a staunch look at an incredibly volatile topic as of late, addressing police brutality in its messaging.
The track assumes an aggressive stance toward the issue, with fierce, thrashing guitar chords, and assertive lyrics to match, which allude to some of the most prominent and hotly-debated subjects of police brutality in the last decade: “Fight for my life like I’m mother****ing Mike Brown / cause I refuse to be the next ni**a shot down.” The official video for the track, released through Apple Music, commemorates more of the most pronounced subjects of recent police brutality cases, including Bernard Bailey and Neville Johnson Jr.
“Rabbit’s Revenge” and its crew of individually outspoken creators follow a towering list of artists throughout history who have used their platform and following to take stances on the ruling issues of the day, from The Beatles‘ “Revolution” to Beyonce‘s 2013 Super Bowl performance—the latter also a blast to the police force. “Rabbit’s Revenge” is not Morello’s first police force critique, either. In 1992, Rage Against The Machine released the hotly-contended “Killing In The Name” following the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King the previous year. The track was crafted in response to the officers’ subsequent and controversial acquittal of all charges.
The right-wing UK broadcaster Nigel Farage has a podcast called Farage Against The Machine and obviously, Rage Against The Machine are not too happy about it. The Blast and Pitchfork report that the band sent Farage a cease and desist letter demanding that he change the name of the podcast, which … More »