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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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Music News 2/9 – 2/13

Music News 2/10/15

Beck stayed classy while Kanye continues his tantrum

KANYE WEST isn’t taking back his ignorant comments about how BEYONCÉ deserved Album of the Year, and how BECK should give his award to her.  Because let’s be honest:  It’s only art if it’s made by Kanye or his friends.  (???)

Kanye said he didn’t mean to imply that Beck wasn’t an artist . . . even though that’s exactly what he did.  He said it was only aimed at the Grammys, because, quote, “Beck knows that Beyoncé should’ve won.”

He also said, quote, “I love Beck, but he [didn’t] have Album of the Year.”

But somehow Beck stayed classy about the whole thing . . . to the point where he even PRAISED Kanye.  He said, quote, “Absolutely, I thought [Beyoncé] was going to win . . .

“You can’t please everybody.  I still love [Kanye], and think he’s genius.  I aspire to what he does.  How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”

New Tune Tuesday

  • Last Dragon, Sisqo. . . This is his first album in 14 years. Waka Flocka Flame guests on a track called “A-List”.
    The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

    • It includes “Earned It” by The Weeknd, “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, “Salted Wound” by Sia, and Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put a Spell on You”.  The album also features Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and Skylar Grey.

Music News for 2/9/15

Here is a list of the Grammy’s Winners

Album of the Year:  “Morning Phase”Beck

Record of the Year:  “Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)”Sam Smith

Song of the Year:  “Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)”Sam Smith

Best New Artist:  Sam Smith

Best Pop Album:  “In the Lonely Hour”Sam Smith

Best Traditional Pop Album:  “Cheek to Cheek”Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Best Pop Solo Performance:  “Happy (Live)”Pharrell

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group:  “Say Something”A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera

Best Rock Song:  “Ain’t It Fun”Paramore

Best Rock Album:  “Morning Phase”Beck

Best Rock Performance:  “Lazaretto”Jack White

Best Metal Performance:  “The Last in Line”Tenacious D

You can check out all 83 categories and winners here.. http://www.grammy.com/nominees


Sam Smith and Beck brought it home at the Grammy’s and

Kanye threw a fit…

SAM SMITH had a huge night at the Grammys, winning FOUR awards:  Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.

After winning Record of the Year, he thanked the man who inspired his album, saying, quote, “Thanks so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four Grammys.”

But somehow Sam was upstaged by BECK . . . who came out of nowhere to win Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year.

One of the people he beat for Album of the Year was BEYONCÉ . . . and when he went up to collect the award, KANYE WEST jumped onstage like he was going to give him the Taylor Swift treatment.  But he was JOKING . . . he just smiled and ducked back offstage.

It was actually kind of funny . . . and for a few seconds, it seemed like Kanye knew how to have fun.  Beyoncé and JAY Z loved it, and so did Beck.  He even wanted Kanye to stay onstage, but he went back to his seat.

Unfortunately Kanye ruined it after the show by saying he was serious, and bashing Beck and the Grammys.  Quote, “I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us . . . and Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.”

Then he ranted about how the Grammys are really just a promotional event to run commercials . . . but said he didn’t interrupt Beck out of consideration for Kim, their daughter North, and his clothing line.

Not surprisingly, Kim wished he HAD interrupted and stolen the moment, because she wants him to, quote, “fight for creativity.”

-From The Complete Sheet.

Music News for February 2nd – 6th

Music News 2/5/2015

Neil Young played along side… Neil Young?

In an epic late night performance years in the making, Neil Young finally played alongside… “Neil Young.” For nearly five years, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has been delivering a pitch perfect impression of the Harvest singer to Young-ify ridiculous songs like “Pants on the Ground” and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Tuesday night, with The Tonight Show revisiting Los Angeles, Fallon’s “Young” and the actual Young, dressed exactly alike, finally collided onstage to perform a surprisingly faithful rendition of “Old Man.”

You can watch the video here — https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H6otmy3DAK8
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/neil-young-and-jimmy-fallons-neil-young-perform-old-man-together-20150204#ixzz3Qt2NXc0

Grammys Performers

BEYONCÉ is performing at the Grammys on Sunday.  She’s going to be singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord” as an intro to JOHN LEGEND and COMMON’S performance of “Glory” from the “Selma” soundtrack.

KATY PERRY will also take the stage, and we can only hope that she’s bringing “Left Shark” from her Super Bowl halftime show with her.

Other performers include:  Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Usher, Miranda Lambert, AC/DC, Eric Church, and Ariana Grande.


John Legend could perform for you… for $10.00

JOHN LEGEND has a unique opportunity for everyday fans.  He’s offering himself up as a PRIZE in a charity raffle.  For a minimum donation of $10, you’ll get 100 chances to get him to perform a private show for you.

Each entry goes toward rebuilding the auditorium at the high school he attended in Springfield, Ohio.  The contest is happening through his organization, the ‘Show Me Campaign,’ which helps impoverished youth.

He’s willing to do weddings, anniversary and birthday parties, dates, and you MIGHT get him to agree to sing in your BEDROOM.  He IS a romantic after all.

In a video on his website, he says, quote, “I’m John Legend, arguably one of the most romantic people in the world.  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Love is in the air, and I’m feeling very inspired to spread the love.  That’s why I want to sing a private show for you.”

Music News 2/3/2015

Bob Dylan “Shadows in the Night” hits the shelves today. This is Dylan’s thirty-sixth studio album, released by Columbia Records. The album is unusual in that none of the songs are original compositions. Instead, the album consists of covers of traditional pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, chosen by Dylan himself.

Some various artist albums …

Now That’s What I Call Music 53” . . . with music by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Meghan Trainer, Mark Ronson, Jason Derulo, and Iggy Azalea.

Now That’s What I Call Movies” . . . a collection of 18 songs made even more famous after being featured in a movie, like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”, from “Guardians of the Galaxy”, or “How Deep is Your Love” from “Saturday Night Fever”.

DVD Releases for February 3, 2015

“John Wick” featuring Keanu Reeves
“Dear White People”
featuring Tessa Thompson from “Veronica Mars”
“Dracula Untold”, “Oujia”, “The Best of Me”, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”

Netflix Instant Streaming additions for February 3, 2015

“Horns” featuring Daniel Radcliffe
“Gimmie Shelter”
starring Vanessa Hudgens
starring Nicolas Cage
featuring Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara
starring Katharine Isabelle and Christopher Lloyd

Music News for 2/2/2015

SNL 40th anniversary with an all-star lineup!

Three-hours of memories, laughter, celebrities, and maybe a few tears; mark your calendars for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary show which will air February 15th 8 p.m. on NBC.

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon, and Taylor Swift all forming the all-star musical roster for SNL 40!

The comedic and acting talent is equally impressive – spanning cast members both recent (Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey) and old-school (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray), along with memorable former hosts (“Five Timers Club” veterans like Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken and Tom Hanks).
The other familiar faces rounding out the list are Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Chris Rock, Garrett Morris, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Betty White, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon and Mike Meyers.

The most surprising addition could be Murphy, whose relationship with the iconic sketch series has been rocky ever since his 1984 departure. “It’s just timing,” the comedian-musician told News One last week, revealing his involvement with the special. “It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. . . They’re actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

The show’s 40th anniversary will be also be honored with Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” an immersive exhibit which features “original scripts, set pieces, props, costumes, masks and interactive elements” from legendary SNL sketches. The showcase will debut at New York City’s Premier on 5th exhibition center this spring.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-kanye-west-justin-timberlake-join-snl-40th-anniversary-special-20150202#ixzz3QbiXZhTR
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