With merely weeks leading to the March 9 release of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s fifth studio album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, iTunes is making it available for pre-order starting today, February 9. Upon purchase, the single, “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo,” will be available for instant download with added bonus, “Annabel Lee,” being offered exclusive to this pre-order period, otherwise only available on the vinyl pressing, the Japanese release, and iTunes UK. All versions of the LP purchased through iTunes, pre-sale or otherwise, will include “1:51,” a cult/fan favorite that has not been released until now.

This album sees the band return to the rootsy, back porch country sound of Howl, perfectly dusted over their signature wall-of-shoegaze fuzz. In a sense, the duo of bassist Robert Levon Been and guitarist Peter Hayes has started over, with a new vision, new drummer Leah Shapiro as well as a new label – their own Abstract Dragon, in partnership with Vagrant Records. Their newfound confidence and inspiration appears to have rejuvenated them, and their songs bleed with raw intensity. Like the title of the album, a phrase gleaned from Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 short story, “The Devil In The Belfry,” BRMC stands on the edge of darkness, but never dives in.

The trio’s extensive tour begins February 26 in Sacramento and culminates in Toronto April 11, after a stop at Webster Hall in NYC April 8. San Francisco fans will get a special treat, as the band salutes their roots with an intimate performance at Slim’s, their original stomping ground, the night of the album’s release. Upon the tour’s announcements, shows are beginning to sell out, including two nights in current hometown Los Angeles, with a third added due to popular demand.


February 26 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Harlow’s
February 27 – Reno, Nev. @ Knitting Factory
February 28 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Wasted Space @ Hard Rock Hotel
March 2 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
March 4 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory
March 5 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox @ The Market
March 6 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
March 7 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
March 9 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s
March 10 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s
March 11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echoplex
March 12 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echoplex
March 13 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
March 14 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echoplex
March 16 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
March 18 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
March 20 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
March 21 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
March 23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
March 24 – Madison, Wisc. @ High Noon Saloon
March 25 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
March 26 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Turner Hall Ballroom
March 27 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
March 29 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The Intersection
March 30 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
March 31 – Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues
April 1 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 2 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
April 3 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
April 5 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
April 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of The Living Arts

April 7 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
April 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall

April 11 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre


Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.


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