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TuneIn Announces 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival Activities

TuneIn Announces 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival ActivitiesSAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TuneIn today announced its activation plans for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017, which includes a presenting sponsorship of the inaugural SXSW Official Podcast Stage March 11-17, plus a TuneIn Studios @ SXSW takeover of Easy Tiger Bake Shop…


Lorde Explains Long Absence, Return to Music in New Interview

Lorde spoke with Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 radio show about her hiatus, adulthood and her new dance-pop single “Green Light” – the first song from her highly-anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Lorde’s debut Pure Heroine came out in 2013.

“For me it was kind of about processing what I want to say next and I knew it just couldn’t be any old thing,” said Lorde. “It had to be really special and really singular and it couldn’t sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on.”

Lorde signed to a label at age 13 and released her first album at age 16. Now at 20, Lorde said her new songs reflect her own emerging adulthood and dealing with her first big heartbreak. She moved back to New Zealand for a year after the first blush of fame. “It was good for me, I think,” she said. “It’s crazy when you are so young to be spending all your time in L.A. or New York. I think it can kind of fuck with you if you’re a kid.”

Living alone also had a profound impact on her personal development, she said. “I moved out of home and all of a sudden I was kind of figuring out who am I when I’m alone? Who am I when I’m doing things just for myself? And I feel like you can really hear that on this record. There’s definitely moments where it’s like ‘Oh, she really went there.'”

“Green Light” was the first song Lorde wrote for Melodrama. She recorded the album over an 18-month period songwriter/musician Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote the single and co-produced the album. “[Jack’s] so wonderful and totally understands me and is such a great listener,” said Lorde. “And this stuff that we’ve made I just really feel like we’ve pushed each other to make stuff that is better than anything either of us have ever done.”

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Flashback: Phish and Jay Z Join Forces For '99 Problems'

Jay Z and Phish have more in common than one might suspect. They both rose out of an underground scene to incredible prominence in the mid-1990s despite a lack of mainstream pop hits, and both attracted an enormous audience with their amazing live performances and complex, witty tunes. They have a history of announcing retirements with great fanfare, and then roaring back just a few years later with new projects. They’re also not exactly strangers to the world of illegal drugs or the U.S. court system.

But the only time their worlds actually collided was one incredible night at Brooklyn’s KeySpan Park on June 18th, 2004. Phish had just kicked off a much-hyped farewell tour and Jay Z was in “retirement” mode himself after the release of The Black Album the previous year and his retirement party show at Madison Square Garden. Three songs into Phish’s second set, right after “Down With Disease,” out walked Jay Z to stunned applause. “We’re going to bring out a friend of ours,” says Trey Anastasio. “Brooklyn’s own. Great musician and great singer. Can you put it together for Jay Z.”

“You guys having fun out there?” Jay Z asked the crowd. “Brooklyn make some noise!” He then launched into “99 Problems.” As Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times pointed out, the song really connected with the jam band audience. “Jay Z rhymed about eluding an illegal search (‘Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back/ And I know my rights, so you gon’ need a warrant for that’), there was a sympathetic roar,” he wrote. “Who says Phish fans and hip-hop stars have nothing in common?” They followed it up with “Big Pimpin’.”

“They just reached out to me to do something,” Jay Z told Rolling Stone days later. “I always believe in just good music and bad music, and I want to try new things. I saw this as a great opportunity. I went out and had a great time, and I’ve never performed in Brooklyn like that. That was beautiful … I just kept hearing their name and how strong they was live, how big a following they had live and that they’ve been doing it for like twenty-one years. That was amazing to me. I was intrigued.”

Two months later Phish wrapped up their farewell tour with the three-night Coventry festival, which turned into a mud-soaked disaster when rains ruined the grounds and many fans couldn’t even get to the site. It would have been a lousy way to end things, but less than five years later they came back and have been touring heavily ever since. Sadly, Jay Z has yet to perform with them again. 

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Watch Lorde's Electrifying Video for Upbeat New Song 'Green Light'

Lorde previews her long-awaited sophomore album Melodrama with the release of her new single “Green Light.” Co-produced by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, it’s her first new single since she appeared on Disclosure’s 2017 track “Magnets.” 

Swathed in electric pink mesh, the singer dances wild in the streets with a Walkman, sealing her kiss-off with a bang. 

“The song is actually about a heartbreak,” she told Apple Music. “And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about … It was my first major heartbreak. And the song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, ‘She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar.’ What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, ‘how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?’ And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.”

Ahead of the song’s release, the 20-year-old unveiled a series of teaser clips on a website named for the lyric “I’m waiting for it” that featured small portions of the video. “I am so proud of this song,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE. It’s the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin.”

Lorde has yet to reveal the release date of her highly-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Pure Heroine. Following her debut album, she curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 soundtrack. She contributed several new songs to the soundtrack, including her most recent solo single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” This summer, she’ll headline Governors Ball.

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Quai D'Orsay marca a metade do XIX Habano Festival

HAVANA, 2 de março de 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

A marca Quai D’Orsay se destaca, marcando uma nova e promissora fase que começa com uma renovação de sua imagem e o lançamento de duas novas bitolas
Este ano, a Alianza Habanos reuniu duas denominações: Habanos e Brandy…


Garth Brooks, T.I., Nick Offerman Added as SXSW Speakers

Garth Brooks, T.I. and Nick Offerman are among the latest speakers announced at this year’s South by Southwest festival, taking place March 10th through 19th in Austin, Texas.

Brooks will participate in a keynote conversation with Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom March 17th. Dates and venue details for the sessions with T.I. and Offerman have yet to be announced.

The SXSW speaking lineup also now features A$AP Ferg chatting about music and technology with Billboard‘s Mike Bruno, The Breakfast Club host Angela Lee and Charles Attal, co-founder of the Austin-based promotions and management company, C3. Other music highlights include Andre Cymone and Dez Dickerson of Prince’s band The Revolution, Warren G, Mike Posner and Pureto Rican rapper, Residente.

The latest batch of speakers also includes a slew of entertainers along with Offerman, including Portlandia and former Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen and Game of Thrones actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams

Previously announced SXSW speakers include Kesha, Seth Rogen, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, Bob Odenkirk, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast of Veep, Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and director Lee Daniels. A complete list of speakers is available on the SXSW website.

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Hear Fleetwood Mac's Unreleased 'Tango in the Night' Demo 'Where We Belong'

For the 30th anniversary of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac will reissue the LP, the band’s last studio album to date to feature the band’s classic Rumours lineup. Alongside remastered versions of tracks like “Seven Wonders” and “Everywhere,” the reissue will feature never-before-heard demos and outtakes, like the previously unreleased song “Where We Belong,” streaming below.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie co-wrote the song and share lead vocals. The track perfectly balances the writing and musical styles of the two members, as Buckingham’s folky finger-picking melds seamlessly with McVie’s brilliant pop simplicity.

Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night reissue will be released on March 31st via Warner Bros. Records and will come in three different versions. The deluxe version will feature three CDs, a DVD and a LP. Last year, the band reissued their 1982 album Mirage.

Later this year, Buckingham and McVie will debut a duets LP under the name Buckingham McVie. The pair have harmonized on numerous classic Fleetwood Mac songs, including Mirage‘s “Hold Me,” Tusk‘s “Think About Me” and Rumours‘ “Don’t Stop.” This will be their first album as a duo. 

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17th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival Hosted by Aruba Cedric the Entertainer and Faith Evans to join All-Star Lineup Headliners Mary J. Blige, Usher and The Roots

17th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba - Memorial Day Weekend - May 24-29,2017ORANJESTAD, Aruba, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Stay ready for the ultimate concert scene as the lineup swells in undeniable expectation with the 17th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba. Announcing multi-platinum Grammy Award winning artist, songwriter, arranger and…


Gary Clark Jr. to Perform at SXSW Event

Rolling Stone was founded 50 years ago in San Francisco, and to celebrate that milestone, it’s partnered with another iconic brand that played prominent roles in the city’s 1967 Summer of Love movement, Levi’s, and the yearlong collaboration kicks off at SXSW in Austin, Texas with a special event that takes place March 11th through 18th.

“Since our inception 50 years ago, Rolling Stone‘s mission has always been to shine a light on music and pop culture and give a voice to the ideas the music embraces,” said Gus Wenner, head of digital of Wenner Media. “Style and music go hand-in-hand, and we are thrilled to join forces with the Levi’s brand on this authentic partnership as we both celebrate important milestones.”

Badge holders at SXSW will also be able to learn more about the Levi’s and Rolling Stone partnership on Tuesday, March 14th at the “Looking Under the Covers” panel featuring Levi’s Head of Design, Jonathan Cheung, and Rolling Stone‘s Creative Director, Jodi Peckman, and photographer, Mark Seliger. The panel will reflect on their experiences at the intersection of music and style, sharing stories from cover shoots with the most iconic figures in pop culture, and celebrating the musicians that have been a pivotal part of our history, inspiration and DNA.

“Modern music has been a reflection of youthculture and Levi’s has been a participant in music’s cultural expression,” says Jonathan Cheung, Levi’s head of design. “Rolling Stone started in 1967 in San Francisco. 1967 also marks the date that we celebrate for two Levi’s icons: the 505 jean that fronted the Sticky Fingers album cover and gave birth to the whole ripped jean look. And the 70505, or what we call our Type III Trucker, which is the definitive denim jacket. Iconic clothing and the iconic music brand.”

Those who visit the Levi’s Outpost will also be able to visit Denim by the Decades, a mini-exhibit of Levi’s ties to music over the last 50 years, and a pop-up retail shop that introduces the Levi’s® x Rolling Stone limited edition co-branded collection. 

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Inside George Harrison's Newly Expanded Memoir

Nearly 15 years after his death, the legacy of George Harrison and his fellow Beatles continues to reveal itself. At the moment, it’s in the form of a rare black-and-white photograph in the hands of Olivia Harrison, wife of the late singer-guitarist: It shows the early Beatles posing with their instruments in a barren stretch of Liverpool, England, dressed in matching suits but still looking tough behind their smiles.

“Look at the tones in John’s face,” Olivia says, marveling at the image of a young John Lennon. She is sitting with family friend Nicholas Roylance, publisher at U.K.-based Genesis Publications, who hands her a batch of smaller pictures of George, capturing him as both a Beatle and solo artist. “Where did that come from?” Olivia says, examining one of the pictures. “That’s super cute.”

Her ongoing mission to excavate, catalog and share the long musical history of her husband is never-ending, and has already led to her co-producing the acclaimed 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese. Now comes the expanded reissue of his 1980 book, I Me Mine, a casually intimate memoir and collection of lyrics. The book and a meticulously crafted vinyl box set of Harrison’s 12 solo albums arrived in time for the 74th anniversary of Harrison’s birth, which fell last Saturday.

“I have an overdeveloped sense of duty,” says Olivia, sitting in the Santa Monica offices and studio where her son Dhani Harrison and collaborator Paul Hicks create music for TV and film. “It obviously means everything to me.”

For the book, that meant locating handwritten lyrics for songs George created for the five albums he recorded after the memoir’s original release and before his death from cancer in 2001. She found the material in cupboards, piano benches and throughout Friar Park, the playfully Gothic estate the onetime Beatle purchased in 1970 and where Olivia still resides.

“The lyrics were all over the house,” she says. One piano bench used regularly by keyboardist Billy Preston during visits to George’s home studio was filled with 20 years of work, and one desk was loaded with lyrics and Polaroid photos just from 1973. “It was pretty much a revelation. There would be spiral-bound notebooks. Some of them would go back to the Sixties. Others would be around the [Traveling] Wilburys time. Some were in the Eighties.”

The book includes a handful of lyrics never recorded, including something from the early Seventies called “Hey Ringo,” which includes the line: “Hey Ringo, there’s one thing that I’ve not said/I’ll play my guitar with you till I drop dead.”

“I was really moved because I’d never seen it,” Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone, minutes after seeing the song for the first time during a weekend VIP celebration of the book at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles. “He was my best friend. I had two other great friends, and three brothers. We were pals.”

The party Saturday was the opening of a Harrison pop-up store at the gallery of artist Shepard Fairey, whose portrait of Harrison is the reissued book’s new cover. The event drew a crowd of invited friends and admirers that included Eric Idle of Monty Python, Joe Walsh, Jakob Dylan, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, the Cult’s Ian Astbury, “Weird Al” Yankovic and the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs and Debbi Peterson. Fairey was the night’s closing DJ, spinning records by Beatles contemporaries on limited-edition turntables decorated with his portrait of Harrison in the vivid Buddhist colors of orange, burgundy and ochre.

“For George, being spiritual and also a rabble rouser, it’s a real awesome sweet spot for me to get to be associated with,” said Fairey, wearing a T. Rex T-shirt with a photograph shot by Starr. “The Beatles and George Harrison are undeniable. If you don’t like the Beatles, it’s like saying you don’t like a flower or a sunset or the ocean. You’re being contrarian in a way that makes you someone I don’t want to hang out with.”

On the walls were Fairey portraits of the former Beatle and facsimiles of Harrison’s original handwritten lyrics from throughout his career. There were words from “Behind That Locked Door,” scribbled onto a blank record sleeve, and the water-smudged lyric to “Beware of Darkness” (both from the 1970 classic All Things Must Pass).

One lyric, for “The Pirate Song,” was co-authored by Idle, who collaborated with Harrison on several films and music videos. Harrison became a producer and founded Handmade Films initially to fund Python’s The Life of Brian, even mortgaging Friar Park to raise the money. “His spirit is always around,” Idle told Rolling Stone. “He was like the best friend you ever had. You couldn’t imagine a man so lovely – to everybody.”

Accompanying Starr to the gallery was Joe Walsh, both friend and brother-in-law to the Beatles drummer. (Walsh is married to Marjorie Bach, sister of Barbara Bach, Starr’s wife since 1981.) Years before his time in the James Gang and the Eagles, Walsh saw the Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in New York and was inspired. “I was screaming right along with all the rest of the girls,” Walsh said.

He met Harrison a few times, and played alongside him at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992, and was an open admirer of his guitar playing. “When you sit down and try one of his leads, the technique is wacky,” he said of Harrison. “The parts he would come up with, they don’t make any sense, but they’re brilliant. His choice of notes makes your hand go to a different position than anybody would ever think of. You really realize how special he was.”

The timing of both the book and the album box set to Harrison’s 74th birthday was a happy accident, says Olivia (who returned to Subliminal Projects the next day for the public opening, talking to fans lined up down the street). The new version of I Me Mine is published by Genesis, who released the original edition in 1980. Harrison and the late Genesis founder Brian Roylance were great friends, and current publisher Nicholas Roylance was a childhood friend of Dhani and spent many days around the Harrison home.

“Some of the fondest memories of my life were those years they were putting the book together,” Olivia said. “It made George really think about his songs.”

Midway into the party at Subliminal Projects, Olivia Harrison grabbed a mic and thanked the friends gathered, and talked about updating the book. Behind her were Fairey and Dhani Harrison. “There was 20 more years of songs,” she said. “I didn’t feel it was right to not let those songs see the light of day.”

Standing nearby was Starr, whom she described as Harrison’s “best friend in the room.” There was applause, and then Starr flashed two peace signs and offered another farewell for his old friend: “Let’s have peace and love for George.”

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