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Music News for September 8, 2014

Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters has premiered his tour documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto Film Festival.

The documentary was shot by Waters himself, alongside director Sean Evans and shows footage from between 2010 and 2013, when the singer was touring Pink Floyd’s 1980 double album across the world.
The film itself will be shown twice more in Toronto. A worldwide release date is yet to be confirmed.


Paul Simon and Sting have announced details of a joint tour, which will take place in April 2015.

The two musicians will both take to the stage at four dates across the UK; Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
The tour is entitled ‘On Stage Together’ and will feature both musicians playing material from their back catalogues together and apart.


Lorde has teamed up with Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth to record a new song which will be featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Hunger Games film.

Earlier this week the singer shared a lyric sheet, confirmed to be taken from the Hunger Games song, featuring the line: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm.”

Earlier this summer Lorde revealed that she will curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The singer will work on the music for the third film adaptation from the best-selling book series and will also provide the lead single for the soundtrack, which will be released on November 21.

Music News for September 5, 2014

The Strokes, Brian Wilson and Brandon Flowers to pay tribute to George Harrison at George Fest

George Fest: A Night To Honour The Music Of George Harrison will take place at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on September 28th.  

Other artists taking part include members of The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Weird Al Yankovich and Harrison’s son Dhani. Cold War Kids, Norah Jones and Velvet Revolver are also featured.

100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit Sweet Relief- a charity for musicians struggling to make ends meet due to illness or disability.



HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 

A new documentary about the Godfather of soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger. The film will air on October 27th at 9p.m.

Made with the support and cooperation of Brown’s estate, the doc features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from throughout the musician’s career. The documentary will also include interviews with Jagger, Questlove, Chuck D, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and many more.

Mr. Dynamite comes on the heels of the new Brown biopic Get On Up, which starred Chadwick Boseman and was also produced by Jagger. Back in February Rolling Stone caught up with Jagger on the set of Get on Up, where he spoke about studying the way Brown performed, engaged the audience and, of course, danced: “The way he interacted with the audience, the timing, I was taking it all in and trying to understand the whole picture of it.”



Sam Smith, who sings “Stay with Me” covers an unlikely artist. 

Sam Smith offered a tender cover of Tracy Chapman’s smash “Fast Car” during a recent session for the BBC’s Live Lounge series.

While his band slowed down the song and offered up an arrangement that veered more towards the singer’s soul and R&B wheelhouse, Smith delivered yet another potent vocal performance, bouncing beautifully between a delicate, breathy croon and big, chilling belts.


Flashback: 8 Random Minutes from MTV in the summer of 1985 … enjoy by clicking HERE



Remembering Joan Rivers


Music News for September 4, 2014

Radiohead releases new music

Radiohead fans got a surprise this week when the band’s PolyFauna app was updated to offer the first new music from the band in three years.

The music arrived via an update to the app that went out on Monday. It’s mostly atmospheric beats and singing, but could point to where the band is headed musically.

Radiohead are reportedly starting work on their ninth studio album this month.


Foo Fighters have set a date for their crowd-funded gig in Richmond, Virginia.

Andrew Goldin started an online campaign to bring the band to the town for the first time since 1998.

A tweet from the band sent Wednesday, confirmed the show for September 17 at the National Theater.

Dave Grohl recently said that crowd-funded gigs could represent the future of live music, suggesting that Foo Fighters would play more shows similar to their Richmond date. 



Karen O releases first look at her new solo album

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer’s debut solo album, Crush Songs, will be released on September 8th.

The album was recorded between 2006 and 2007 and is described as a “collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings.”

Click HERE to listen to Day Go By from Karen O


Janes Addiction celebrates 25th anniversary of Nothing’s Shocking by performing the album in its entirety at CBGB Festival

The 3rd  Annual CBGB Music & Film Festival will return to New York on October 8th  through 12th.  Other acts on the bill include: Billy Idol, We Are Scientists, Devo, Macy Gray, Robert Delong and more.

In addition to the music, the CBGB Festival will also feature music-inspired cinematic offerings. Are We Not Men? The Devo Documentary will have its world premiere at the fest. The Carters and Cashes documentary The Winding Stream, will also be shown.

Billie Joe Armstrong stars in Like Sunday Like Rain.

Since 2014 is also the 30th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap, the film fest will open with the Rob Reiner classic.

Guinness World Records for 2015 will release September 10, 2014

The book of world records always finds a new category to add to the selection of unusual, almost superhuman records! Well the beloved Guinness World Records have awarded Metallica as the “only band to tour all seven countries.” They recently played a show in the, not so populated, Antarctica, James Hatfield said in a statement. “Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!”  The band recently played shows in North and South America and Europe, currently no dates are set for the rest of the year. Metallica says they are focusing on writing and recording their follow-up to their 2008 record Death Magnetic.

They aren’t the only musical act to hold some sort of record here, Eminem managed to squeeze the most words into a hit single (1,560 in the single “Rap God”). Guinness even recognized the HBO hit show Game of Thrones as the “most pirated show after Torrent Freak reported that it had earned the distinction by being downloaded a supposed 5.9 million times a week last year.

You can get more Guinness World Record information at their website by clicking here.

Remastered, dubbed, and released Led Zeppelin baby!

Earlier this year, reissues of the first three Led Zeppelin albums all reached the Top 10, and now the band and their label are moving forward to reissue new editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy, projected to release October 28.

Guitarist and producer Jimmy Page is diligently working on remastering these albums in time for the rerelease. These “new” albums will include their original LP and a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks from the members’ personal vaults. “Super Deluxe Editions” will also include an 80-page book full of never before seen photos, memorabilia, and high quality print of the original album cover.

If you click here you can stream an unheard track from Led Zeppelin IV, a rough take on the opener from “Black Dog” with the ever so notable powerful vocals from Robert Plant. The full reissue will feature unreleased versions of the albums other seven tracks including a mandolin/guitar mix of “The Battle of Evermore”.  You can pre-order at the bands official website.

The Rolling Stone 10 artists you need to know.

Echosmith, sounding like teenage daydreams inspired by newwave angst and California sunshine.

Blake Mills, a dream-journey though Los Angeles singer-songwriter history in a phenomenally well-stocked guitar shop.

Mick Jenkins, The assertive, masculine seriousness of Chicago drill rap, but with poetic lyrics, neo-soul beats and a considerably different moral outlook performed by a 6’5” baritone whose voice reverberates with no-nonsense authority.

Amanda X, a female trio sounding like Wild Flag singer, Mary Timony tearing up all the magazines in the Fugazi’s “Waiting Room.”

Deorro, dance music that’s hard but not aggressive, blunt but full of nuance.

H09909, the Geto Boys clashing with the Big Boys in a hardcore/horrorcore chainsaw fight.

Angus & Julia Stone, sweet, sun-drenched folk-pop with a sparse, moody lyrical edge – and with the Rick Rubin Production Seal of Approval. (I can feel it, this one will be on the station soon)

Bishop Nehru, sounding like Generation Y travels back to the future through hip-hop’s second golden age.

Max Frost, heart-felt soul crooning atop songs that lie somewhere between blues, R&B, hip-hop and electronic pop.

The Young, Thin Lizzy on an ayahuasca bender, helping to reclaim the positive connotation of “busy guitar work.”


Music News for September 3, 2013

Perfect for fall, here are your top 12 “flawless” albums!

So, today we have a list of albums that some people think have NO filler . . . and are packed with great songs from beginning to end.  Here are 12:

 1.  “Kind of Blue”, Miles Davis, 1959

2.  “Illinois”, Sufjan Stevens, 2005

3.  “De-Loused in the Comatorium”, The Mars Volta, 2003

4.  “Revolver”, The Beatles, 1966

5.  “2001″, Dr. Dre, 1999

6.  “Jar of Flies”, Alice in Chains, 1994

7.  “Lateralus”, Tool, 2001

8.  “Siamese Dream”, Smashing Pumpkins, 1993

9.  “Rumours”, Fleetwood Mac, 1977

10.  “Boston”, Boston, 1976

11.  “OK Computer”, Radiohead, 1997

12.  “Graceland”, Paul Simon, 1986

 See the original post HERE with information on each album!


Have you ever wondered what a song would sound like performed by a different artist? Well… the time has come.

You may have heard of the YouTube sensation Anthony Vincent. The guy who can sing songs in 20 different styles. It’s pretty incredible, he has single handedly covered Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Jason Derulo. Now he has moved on to Linkin Park’s “In the End”. Take a listen here and find more of his work on YouTube. 


 Elvis Costello takes on Bob Dylan for ‘New Basement Tape’ “Married to My Hack”

Elvis Costello has released a new single from his latest album Lost in the River: The New Basement Tapes – a supergroup of musicians have set music to recently rediscovered Bob Dylan lyrics – has come out, and it features Elvis Costello on lead vocals. The track is titled “Married to My Hack” take a listen here, or search on YouTube!