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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! 

Music News for September 3, 2014

Prince and his ultra sexy new albums

It seems Prince has been busy while on his 4 year hiatus. The “artist formally known as..” will drop a pair of new LPs on September 30th: one a collaborative disc with his group 3rdEyeGirl called Plectrumelectrum and the other a solo album dubbed Art Official Age. Both mark Prince’s first release since 2010. He has already unveiled a couple tracks from both albums, including Art’s Official Age’s “Breakdown” and Plectrumelectrum’s kinky “Breakfast Can Wait” and today the sexual rocker debuted another new track, a slow jam known as “U Know” on his SoundCloud page.


Arcade Fire hits the road with Triumphant Wolf Parade

Arcade Fire wrapped up the final North American leg of their Reflektor tour.  In order to bring a sense of closure to their nearly yearlong trek and to choose the next band to rock around the globe with, they performed Wolf Parade’s “I’ll believe in Anything”. Both bands came up together in the Montreal music scene nearly a decade ago.


Survivor lead singer Jim Jamison has passed away

Jim Jamison died after suffering a heart attack at the young age of 62. Jimi didn’t join Survivor until 1984, AFTER their hit “Eye of the Tiger”.  Original vocalist David Bickler was forced to leave the group after developing polyps on his vocal chords. Jimi was the singer on Survivor’s Burning Heart from “Rocky 4″ . . . “The Moment of Truth” from “The Karate Kid” . . . plus “I Can’t Hold Back” and their Top 10 songs “The Search Is Over”, “High On You”, and “Is This Love”.  The remaining band members sent out a tweet stating “Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughs, love, & prayers go out to his family & friends.”

For those whom may be interested … Courtney Love has writers block.

Like many authors, Courtney Love is a victim of writer’s block. The Hole singer has been penning a memoir with Rolling Stone writer Anthony Bozza. The Girl With the Most Cake was supposed to hit bookshelves in December of 2013 before being pushed back to early-2014. We are now in September and still no sign of Love’s memoir. “It’s a disaster. A nightmare,” Love told Paper.



New CD releases for Tuesday September 02, 2014

V”, Maroon 5 featuring songs such as ‘Maps’ and ‘Animals’

Nick & Knight”, the self-titled debut from Nick & Knight … a collaboration between former boy band members Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block.  Featuring their song, ‘One More Time.’

Step Back”, blues rock guitarist Johnny Winter. Album guests include Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Leslie West from Mountain, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

The Counting Crows released “Somewhere Under Wonderland” with ‘Earthquake’.

Alternative rock band The Vines released their sixth album “Wicked Nature” a double album, with the lead single “Metal Zone.”

Southern Rocker Frank Foster has a new album out, “Rhythm & Whiskey” featuring the single “Cut off Jeans.”

Finally “Rancho California” the debut album of Calico The Band, three chicks from L.A. whose music has been featured on the hit show “Nashville” and their upcoming show “Night Shift”. You might also like their cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” although it will not be on the album.