Daily Archives: March 13, 2017

Ruins Of Elysium – Seeds Of Chaos And Serenity

The tenor of epic symphonic metal that is Ruins of Elysium, released their EP “Daphne” just last year in 2016. Sometime later they returned to writing and recording for the follow-up release, an album titled …Read More


Gregg Allman Cancels Upcoming Concerts, Won't Tour in 2017

Gregg Allman announced Monday that he will not be touring in 2017 and that his previously announced concerts scheduled for June have been cancelled.

“It has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017,” Allman’s site notified fans on Monday.

No reason was provided for the nixed gigs, which included four rescheduled June performances at Macon. Georgia’s Grand Opera House as well as shows in Chattanooga, Robinsonville, Mississippi and a string of dates at New York’s City Winery.

Health issues in recent years have prevented the usually nomadic Allman from touring at full capacity. In August 2016, the Allman Brothers great revealed that unspecified “serious health issues” would force him to cancel 28 gigs including some festival appearances.

Allman returned to the stage in late October for a pair of shows at his own Laid Back Festival in Atlanta, but his winter tour, which included New Year’s gigs in Savannah, was postponed soon after due to a vocal injury that required several months of recovery.

Some of those winter dates, including the Macon shows and the City Winery dates (although the Gregg Allman Band played without the singer for a pair of shows), were rescheduled for summer 2017 before Allman abruptly announced their cancellation Monday.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” Allman said in a statement after calling off his winter tour. “I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.”

In 2011, Allman also canceled a solo tour after suffering from an upper respiratory condition stemming from a successful liver transplant he had the previous year. 

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Joey Bada$$ Recruits J. Cole, Schoolboy Q for New Album

Joey Bada$$ has recruited guests like J. Cole, Schoolboy Q and Styles P for his upcoming LP All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.

“This is the most important hip-hop album in a long time. Blood sweat & tears into this,” Bada$$ promised of his new LP on Twitter. “First body of work I made that isn’t about me… This is about us. For the world. Universal sound. Legends they never die.”

The album, due out April 7th, features the rapper’s 2016 hit “Devastated” along with the politically charged single “Land of the Free”; the basketball-themed “Victory” didn’t make the final cut. 

Schoolboy Q pops up on “Rockabye” while J. Cole appears on “Legendary.” Other guests include the Lox’s Styles P, reggae artist Chronixx, Flatbush Zombies’ Meechy Darko and Bada$$’ Pro Era associates Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution.

Even though the rapper’s 2015 LP B4.DA.$$ debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 – and he scored a high-profile role on Mr. Robot –  Bada$$ still considered himself an independent artist in a July 2016 interview, even as “Devastated” ascended the singles chart.

“It’s funny, because I don’t consider myself a mainstream rapper, either. They need to make a new term for me. I’m like a major-indie. Yeah, that’s what I am. I’m not underground, I’m not major label, I’m just major-indie,” Bada$$ said, including Chance the Rapper in that category. “Dude, these major-indies are here, man. That’s what it is. We’re ‘mindies.'”

All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Track List

1. “Good Morning Amerikkka”
2. “For My People”
3. “Temptation”
4. “Land of the Free”
5. “Devastated”
6. “Y U Don’t Love Me?”
7. “Rockabye” featuring Schoolboy Q
8. “Ring the Alarm” featuring Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution & Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies
9. “Super Predator” featuring Styles P
10. “Babylon” featuring Chronixx
11. “Legendary” featuring J. Cole
12. “Amerikkkan Idol”

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Vivid Sydney 2017: Bigger, Bolder, Brighter

Audio Creatures, Lighting the Sails artist impression by Ash BollandNew precinct at Barangaroo Expanded Royal Botanic Garden Sydney footprint Goldfrapp, AIR and Nick Murphy for Vivid MusicUS contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey headlines Vivid Ideas 2017 program announcement video content is available at: https://www.vividsydney.com/media-centre &…


Hold Steady's Craig Finn Explores 'Nature of Youths' in New Video

In Craig Finn‘s gripping “God in Chicago” video, a young couple escape their desolate lives during a road trip to the titular city. Director Kris Merc translates Finn’s spoken-word tale with the gritty, bare-bones visual style of a modern indie film.

The protagonists head out in the early morning, traveling throughout the Midwest. “Went St. Paul to Cicero in my Chevrolet that didn’t have any radio,” the Hold Steady frontman recites over somber piano chords. “Had a boombox in the backseat that was running out of batteries.” By the clip’s conclusion, they’ve shared hotel rooms, meals and, eventually, beds before their “hungover” drive home.

Merc told video channel Nowness that he intended to explore the “meandering nature of youths” with the clip. “We created a narrative that follows the journey of two young characters who find beauty in their bleak circumstances, carving out hope in their own way while knowing their time together is limited,” he said. Finn added that he “wanted to show how easily it is sometimes to take a break, if briefly, from our regular lives.”

“God in Chicago” highlights Finn’s upcoming third solo LP, We All Want the Same Things, out March 24th. 

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Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: Why Fans Love Ed Sheeran

The latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

In this episode, we go behind the scenes of Ed Sheeran’s new Rolling Stone cover story – and inside the critical debate over his music. Patrick Doyle, who wrote the story, joins host Brian Hiatt and staff writer Brittany Spanos to discuss.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and tune in next week for another episode.

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Review: Laura Marling Sings Woman-to-Woman on 'Semper Femina'

“A thousand artists’ muse/But you’ll beanything you choose” observes Laura Marling on the title track of SemperFemina, which ditches male pronouns to focus on women’s relationships withone another. It’s a timely set, especially for a Brit who makes the U.S. apart-time home. You can hear the double-life: Nick Drake ghosts “TheValley,” while Joni Mitchell remains a touchstone (“Nouel”).Producer Blake Mills highlights Marling’s guitar while adding his own. Buther own voice just grows stronger, literally and figuratively: On “WildFire,” advising a lover or frenemy to “stop playing that shit out onme,” she’s a wordy folk-soul queen of entirely her own making. 

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Review: Sleaford Mods' 'English Tapas' Is Post-Brexit Punk-Hop

“Bring back the neo-libs, I’m sorry/I didn’t fuckin’ mean to pray for anarchy!” apologizes Jason Williamson, sort of, on “Carlton Touts,” a hot rant about working class Brits boozing in Brexit’s shadow, where “the future is a flag pissed on and a kingsize bag of Quavers.” Sing-bark-rapping over post-punk groove loops, the Sleaford Mods are two forty-somethings who’ve watched their generation’s disenfranchisement for awhile – see trackmeister Andrew Fearn’s signature “STILL HATE THATCHER” T-shirt. They’re basically a Sex Pistols for the new corporatocracy.

Witha rapid-fire East Midlands brogue that’ll have most Yanks Googling every thirdline, Williamson hurls verses against beats like pint glasses against a pubwall, mirroring homeground redneck culture without apology or pandering – Nashville songwriters could learn plenty here. Rhyming “shit players”with “Leo Sayers” (“Cuddly”), slagging a “pretentiouslittle bastard on social medias” (“Just Like We Do”), he’shilarious and furious by turns, also lasering in on the tragic: ruingxenophobes who “wanna kill people who ain’t got a lot” (“Dull”)and the fate of a nation sold out to capitalist pirates (“BHS”).Sound familiar? With echoes of the Fall and Throbbing Gristle, the starktracks fittingly recall an era that demanded engaged art. 

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TBWAWorldHealth Presents "Musical Prescriptions: Compose a Healthier You" Session at SXSW Interactive

NEW YORK, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TBWAWorldHealth, a global healthcare communications network, will present “Musical Prescriptions: Compose a Healthier You,” on March 14th at 11AM at the Austin Convention Center. The innovative panel session will explore the powerful effect that…


THE WHO Announces Las Vegas Residency At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

websiteLAS VEGAS, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — THE WHO announced today that they will launch their exclusive Las Vegas residency this summer at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning July 29, 2017.  One of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, THE WHO joins the home of the greatest enter…