The all bass ensemble known as The BassMonsters have returned with a new album called “UNIO.” Led by Claus Freudenstein, the effort includes double bass arrangements of rock and pop songs.
Prog rock fans take note: Yes has announced “The Royal Affair Tour” and it’s going to be a packed outing. Bassist Billy Sherwood will be performing double duty, as he plays in both Yes and Asia,
Devin Townsend has returned with his eighteenth studio album, entitled “Empath,” which marks his first solo album since 2014’s “Dark Matters.” The work is a snapshot of all of the multi-instrumentalist’s interests. Townsend split the bass duties with Nathan Navarro.
David Pastorius has released “Radio Gold,” an album that blends various genres all tied together by the bassist’s incredible playing. Whether it’s hip hop, rock, or jazz, it’s all just natural to him.
Duff McKagan has announced a set of tour dates to coincide with the release of his upcoming solo album, “Tenderness,” which drops on May 31st.
MonoNeon has released a new single called “Can We Start Over? Unblock My Number.” It’s solidly in MonoNeon’s style, but this is the kind of track fans of Prince and Parliament Funkadelic will be able to sink their teeth into.
Black Flag has announced a massive tour for the rest of the year that will cover the US, UK, and Japan. The band, which has had several lineups through the years, is currently anchored by bassist Tyler Smith, who joined the group in 2014.
Former Dire Straits bassist John Illsley is back with a new solo album entitled “Coming Up For Air.” Produced with Guy Fletcher and recorded in Mark Knopfler’s studio, the album has a distinct flavor of Illsley’s former band in addition to his unique voice.
Saudade is a musical group with a diverse cast of contributors: Chino Moreno of the Deftones, Chelsea Wolfe, John Medeski, Gil Sharone of The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. The musical collective is anchored by the bass of Chuck Doom. Check out the track, “Shadows & Light”
Phil Collins has extended his “Not Dead Yet” tour with a new 15-day U.S. run in the fall. The “Still Not Dead Yet, Live!” trek will kick off September 23rd. Collins will be joined by the same backing band as last year, including bassist Leland Sklar.