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Music News for 03/03/2015

New CDs from Kelly Clarkson, Rixton, and Of Montreal

Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson.  It includes John Legend on her cover of the Tokio Hotel song “Run Run Run”.

Let the Road, the debut album of the British band Rixton

Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

You know Mr. Gallager from the band Oasis.  This is his second album with the High Flying Birds.

Aureate Gloom, the 13th  album by indie rock band Of Montreal

House, the debut album of the indie rock band Young Buffalo

The Firewatcher’s Daughter, folk singer Brandi Carlile

Tickets for the Grateful Dead’s Final Show Are Going for as Much as $116,000

If you didn’t get tickets for the GRATEFUL DEAD’s three-day farewell show in Chicago before they sold out, you’re kind of screwed.  Unless you’re rich.

You can still get tickets on the “secondary market” like Stubhub, but they’re not cheap.  Single-day tickets are starting at around $500.  Passes for all three days are hard to come by for less than $1,200.

And there are general admission tickets on the field that are going for $116,000.

The Top 10 Girl Group Songs of All Time!

Billboard.com has a list of “The Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time.”  It isn’t subjective, it’s based on the songs’ performance on the charts.  Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “Best of My Love”, The Emotions

2.  “Independent Women, Part 1″, Destiny’s Child

3.  “Walk Like an Egyptian”, The Bangles

4.  “Creep”, TLC

5.  “Waterfalls”, TLC

6.  “Hold On”, Wilson Phillips

7.  “Love Child”, Diana Ross & The Supremes

8.  “No Scrubs”, TLC

9.  “Where My Girls At?”, 702

10.  “He’s So Fine”, The Chiffons

Music News for 03/02/2015

Mumford and Sons might go electric on next album

When Mumford & Sons‘ bassist Ted Dwane showed up at his London studio early last year to begin work on the group’s third album, he was confronted with a surprise: a room full of synthesizers. “It was bizarre,” he says. “I didn’t expect we were going to do the same thing again – but this was crazy!”
On their new album, Wilder Mind (out May 4th), Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements – banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum – and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines. “We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” says frontman Marcus Mumford. “We’ve got a broader taste in music than just that.” Adds Dwane, “None of us had really any interest in doing a sort of Babel 2. It was always going to be different.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/mumford-sons-talk-going-electric-on-new-album-wilder-mind-20150302#ixzz3TFMAX8gB
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A Song by a YouTube Singer Is Being Turned Into a Movie

A singer named Megan Nicole has been posting songs on YouTube since 2009.  Three million people subscribe to her page, and her videos have been viewed more than half-a-BILLION times.

And now one of her songs called Summer Forever is being turned into a MOVIE.  It’s a movie-musical, and she’s starring in it.  It comes out in August.

Hear Bad Company’s Lost ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ Alternate Take

Forty years ago, Bad Company followed their self-titled debut with the chart-topping, five-times platinum Straight Shooter. “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” the record’s second single, has since become a fixture of classic rock radio, and a new deluxe edition of the album exhumes a different version of the track. Hear this take below – although the guitars don’t kick in with the strength of the original, they are more present in the verses, which have a slight Southern-rock vibe.
Aside from “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” the reissue’s bonus disc includes a previously unreleased rendition of “Shooting Star,” a new mix of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” and two entirely unheard songs: “See the Sunlight” and “All Night Long.”
In Rolling Stone‘s original review of Straight Shooter, Ed Naha wrote that the record retained “the spontaneous combustion of the earlier album” and “managed to refine [Bad Company's] musical energy, give it sharper direction and come up with fistfuls of apparently innocuous but totally effective hard rock surprises.”

For Naha, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” offered further evidence that the band had “a brand of music uniquely their own”: “Forsaking the constant thunderthudding drone motif of ’74 in favor of a more textured approach, the group uses subdued acoustic guitar and tight vocal harmonies during most of the verses, saving the harsh electrical shocks for the head-slamming choruses.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-bad-companys-lost-feel-like-makin-love-alternate-take-20150302#ixzz3TFMq4RRL
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Music News for the Week of 02/23/2015 – 02/27/2015

Music News for 02/27/2015

Tom Hanks Supports His Son’s Rap Career, But Doesn’t Like the Swearing

Like a lot of parents, TOM HANKS is supportive of his kids . . . including Chester, who’s trying to forge a rap career under the name CHET HAZE.  But, like a lot of parents, he doesn’t like the swearing.

He says, quote, “What I love about my kid is that he’s doing it.  There’s a lot of people who sit around for the phone to ring and wait for someone to invite them to do it.  And my kid has done it.

“Sometimes I can’t honestly say I love to hear some of the language in it, but that’s not just his stuff, that’s other people’s as well.”

Music News for 02/24/15

The Darkness is making music… still

Yes, THE DARKNESS are still a thing.  And they have a new song and video called “Barbarian”.  An album called “Last of Our Kind” will be out June 1st.

Three Touring Randoms: The Pixies, Marilyn Manson, and Sam Smith

1.  The Pixies announced some new tour dates beginning on May 5th in New Orleans.  Unfortunately, founding bassist Kim Deal is still out of the fold.  She left the band two years ago.  Touring bassist Paz Lenchantin is taking her place.

The band has been working on new material recently, and they’re going to be debuting some of it on the tour.  (Hit up PixiesMusic.com for all the dates.)

2.  Marilyn Manson will return to North America on March 28th.  After several weeks in Canada, he’ll do more shows in the U.S.  This stretch of dates is mostly just in the Midwest and the South.  (Loudwire.com has all the details.)

3.  Sam Smith has announced some more U.S. dates for this summer . . . beginning with a show in Charlotte on July 18th.  (Browse all the dates, here.)

New CDs from Kid Rock, Rick Springfield, and Mat Kearney

Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4 . . . It includes Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain”, plus the show’s band The Forest Rangers doing songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Age of Aquarius”, and “All Along the Watchtower”.

First Kiss, Kid Rock.  This is his 10th album.

Stripped Down, Rick Springfield . . . Live recordings from “intimate” gigs where he’s done covers of “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac, “Baby Blue” by Badfinger, the Muddy Waters hit “Rollin’ and Tumbling’”, and a new song called “If Wishes Were Fishes”.

The Order of Things, All That Remains

Dope Machines, Airborne Toxic Event.  This is their fourth album.

Our Own House, the indie pop band MisterWives

Just Kids, Mat Kearney


Music News for 02/23/15

Pixies promise NEW music on their North American Tour

Last April, Pixies released Indie Cindy, their first new album in 23 years. They also toured the world with their new touring bassist, Paz Lenchantin, following the departure of founding member Kim Deal (and subsequent replacement Kim Shattuck). Now, the influential alt-rock band – frontman Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering – have announced another series of North American tour dates (once again featuring Lenchantin), kicking off May 5th in New Orleans and running throughout the month.

According to the band’s official website, the jaunt will feature tracks spanning their discography, in addition to “some brand new Pixies songs, written and arranged just in the past few months.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pixies-promise-new-music-on-north-american-tour-20150223#ixzz3Saxi94Xq
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Scarlett Johansson Put Out a Dance Track Called “Candy”

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is releasing music again.  She has a new dance track titled “Candy” with an all-female group called THE SINGLES.

There isn’t anyone notable in the group, but Este Haim of the Haim sisters adds drums for this track . . . and Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio produced it.

Scarlett says, quote, “The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls.  I wanted it to be like Ultra-pop, but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

You can hear the track here : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-a-super-pop-jam-from-scarlett-johanssons-new-girl-group-20150220

Lady Gaga absolutely slays her ‘Sound of Music’ Tribute to Julie Andrews

Lady Gaga performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to “The Sound of Music.” The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.

The pop singer sang a medley of songs including “The Hills Are Alive,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” After her performance, Andrews came on stage to thank Gaga. “It really warmed my heart, it really did,” Andrews said before presenting the next award, for Best Original Score.

You can watch the performance by clicking here : Sound of Music Tribute


The Killers and No Doubt will be headlining San Diego’s Inaugural Kaaboo Festival

No Doubt, the Killers and Zac Brown Band will headline the inaugural Kaaboo Del Mar Festival, a three-day music, arts and comedy fest hitting San Diego, California the weekend of September 18th. Snoop Dogg, the Roots, Spoon, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Girl Talk are also among the more than 100 acts that will perform atop one of Kaaboo’s six stages at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Kaaboo also boasts a comedy bill that includes Community‘s Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin, Tig Notaro, Saturday Night Live‘s 48th best cast member Tim Meadows, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik and many more.

General admission and VIP tickets for the festival are available now at the Kaaboo website. The fest has also revealed that Slightly Stoopid, Counting Crows, Foster the People, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Lobos, X, Dawes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Awolnation will perform at the inaugural festival. Check out the official site for the full lineup.

Kaaboo will be the Killers’ first U.S. date since last August and just the fourth concert No Doubt has booked in 2015. Gwen Stefani and company have previously announced plans to perform at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 1st, Las Vegas’ inaugural Rock in Rio Fest on May 8th and Napa, California’s BottleRock on May 31st.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/no-doubt-the-killers-headlining-san-diegos-inaugural-kaaboo-festival-20150223#ixzz3SaypSpkN
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Jimmy Page on the ‘Swagger’ of “Physical Graffiti”

By the time Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti in 1975, they no longer needed to prove anything. “All of us knew that it was a monumental piece of work, just because of the various paths that we’d trodden along to get to this,” says the group’s guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, in one of the music rooms at London’s Olympic Studios where the double-LP was originally mixed. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”

their five previous records, Led Zeppelin made Physical Graffiti their victory lap. They were now successful enough to operate their own record label, Swan Song, and the album — their first offering on the imprint — was their lengthy battle cry. Clocking in at a little over 80 minutes, Physical Graffiti contained some of their hardest-rocking tunes (“The Wanton Song,” “Custard Pie,” “Houses of the Holy”), trippiest epics (“Kashmir,” “In the Light,” “Ten Years Gone”) and sweetest rock & roll diversions (“Black Country Girl,” “Boogie With Stu”). The record showed Led Zeppelin at both their most excessive and most impressive.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/jimmy-page-on-the-swagger-of-led-zeppelins-physical-graffiti-20150223#ixzz3SazFDQgO
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Music News 2/16 – 2/20

Music News 2/20/15

Are these the 10 best Romantic Comedies?

“Rolling Stone” recently polled their readers to come up with a list of “The 10 Best Romantic Comedies.”  And in the end, “When Harry Met Sally” got the most votes.  Here’s the Top 10:

1.  “When Harry Met Sally”, 1989

2.  “Annie Hall”, 1977

3.  “The Wedding Singer”, 1998

4.  “Love Actually”, 2003

5.  “Say Anything”, 1989

6.  “50 First Dates”, 2004

7.  “You’ve Got Mail”, 1998

8.  “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, 2004

9.  “Notting Hill”, 1999

10.  “There’s Something About Mary”, 1998


Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson Was Treated for a Cancerous Tumor on His Tongue

IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON had a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue, and recently completed seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.

The band says it was discovered in the early stages, just before Christmas, and the prognosis is “extremely good.”  They’re hoping he’ll be fully recovered by late May.

Bruce is actually Maiden’s second lead singer.  He replaced Paul Di’Anno in 1980.  After the release of their 1982 album “The Number of the Beast”, they became one of the biggest bands in the world.  Bruce is 56 years old.

Blur Released a New Single . . . And Have an Album Coming in April

BLUR is back.  They held a press conference yesterday, announcing their first album in 12 years.  It’s called “The Magic Whip”, and it’s coming out April 28th.  Their last album, “Think Tank”, was released in 2003.

All the original members are on this album . . . singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

The album was recorded over FIVE DAYS in Hong Kong, and the first single is already here.  It’s called Go Out.

Music News 2/18

Jerry Garcia, Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper among those to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced the diverse group of artists that will be enshrined as their Class of 2015: The Grateful Dead duo of Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, blues legend Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith and Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place June 18th at New York’s Marriott Marquis. Additional special award honorees will be revealed soon.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/songwriters-hall-of-fame-grateful-dead-duo-toby-keith-to-be-honored-20150218#ixzz3S79tgwNA
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Would you listen to Nickleback for 168 hours for Charity?

Jesse Carey began listening to Nickelback’s entire catalog on repeat Monday . . . and he’ll continue through Sunday.  That’s one whole week.

He set up a fundraising page to go along with the stunt, and he’s raised over $17,000 for ‘Charity: Water‘ . . . a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Jesse calls this marathon, quote, “the ultimate test of human endurance.”

He also claims to have “consulted” several doctors, who told him that listening to this much Nickelback could cause “irreversible damage to his ears, brain, kidneys and soul.”


Music News 2/17


  • Smoke and Mirrors, Imagine Dragons
  • Guitars & Microphones, Kate Pierson from the B-52s
  • Modest Mouse has put out a new track called “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”.  It’s going to be on their new album, “Strangers to Ourselves”, which comes out on March 17th.
  • · OK GO did a song for “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ called “You’re [an Effing] Nerd and No One Likes You”.
  • PASSION PIT unleashed their new song, Lifted Up (1985).  It’s the lead single off their next album, “Kindred”, which is comes out April 21st.
  • There’s a new SUFJAN STEVENS song out called “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”.  It’s off his upcoming album “Carrie & Lowell”, which is coming out March 31st.

Jethro Tull is Doing a Rock Opera Based on the Guy They Named the Band After

This is a little high-concept, even for a prog-rock band:  IAN ANDERSON from JETHRO TULL is doing a rock opera based on Jethro Tull.  Not the band, but the REAL Jethro Tull . . . the 17th Century agriculturist the band is named after.

The good news is, he’ll be playing all the classic Tull songs like “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath”, in addition to some new material.  Some of the old songs may be re-worked to fit the story better, though.

And the story will be, quote, “reimagined as if in the near future.”  Anderson will start touring with the show in the fall.



Pharrell Williams Turning Hits into Children’s Books

Pharrell Williams will expand his “Happy” empire to the world of children’s picture books. The musician signed an agreement with publisher Putnam to pen four new books for young readers, starting with one inspired by his hit song, Billboard reports.

A 250,000-copy run of Happy, the book, will be published on September 22nd, and feature photographs of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy.”

Pharrell originally released “Happy” in 2013 as part of the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, later creating the world’s first 24-hour music video to accompany it and adopting it for his own solo LP, Girl. The song topped the Hot 100 in March of 2014, where it remained for 10 straight weeks. “Happy” became Pharrell’s fourth Hot 100 number one, but his first as a lead artist.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pharrell-turning-happy-into-childrens-book-20150217#ixzz3S1KAR6Ja
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