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Hear Nas' Gritty, Soulful New Song From Netflix's 'The Get Down'

Nas surveys the rise of a deadly drug on “Angel Dust,” his new song from Season Two of Netflix drama The Get Down. Over soulful backing vocals and simmering, low-key funk bass sampled from Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s 1978 LP, Secrets, the rapper condemns the “destructive, plus addictive” subtance: “Angels with dirty faces/ Angels with broken wings/ The devil’s dust, PCP, invaded bloodstreams.”

On “Angel Dust,” Nas testifies about hip-hop conquering a potential life of drug-dealing: “The sidewalk was my brother’s office/ We cut our losses, I had choices/ I took a pen, became a voice for the voiceless/ My people walking in a zombie state/ Life is short, even mine’s at stake,” he raps, followed by samples of late Seventies news reports on the drug.

The Get Down Part 2 premiered last week on Netflix. Nas executive-produces the Baz Luhrmann-created musical-drama, which follows a group of teenagers as disco and rap flourish in late Seventies South Bronx. The hip-hop icon also “narrates” the show as the adult rap voice of protagonist Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero.

BET recently green-lit the rapper’s long in-the-works autobiographical TV drama, Street Dreams, which Nas told Rolling Stone would be “100 percent authentic.”

“Even if I don’t look cool in it, I just want it to be real and raw,” he said. “I didn’t see this as a full autobiography at first. But I have so much that’s happened in my life already, there was no room for fantasy. I wanted it to be entertaining, but everything from my life seemed to be so strong. It’s all reality. There’s nothing from my life I didn’t want in there.”

While Nas hasn’t officially announced his 11th studio album, he revealed that the LP was finished on DJ Khaled’s literally titled 2016 track “Nas Album Done.”

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Tom Tom Founders Festival

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In its sixth year, Tom Tom Founders Festival is making a name for itself as the region’s premiere gathering for forward thinking and engagement with innovators and visionaries. For one week over Founder’s Day in Charlottesville,…


Maggie Rogers: Meet Pharrell's New Folk-Pop Protege

Maggie Rogers did not know she was about to become a viral sensation when she stepped into class at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music last spring. “We knew there was going to be a guest, but we had no idea it was going to be Pharrell,” says Rogers, a freckled 22-year-old in jeans and big earrings, over coffee in New York. Pharrell Williams had come to give feedback on student music. The class would be filmed and put on his YouTube channel. Rogers played him “Alaska,” a synthy folk-pop tune about walking off a failed romance on a hiking trip. The performance nearly moved Williams to tears. As Rogers grinned, he compared her originality to Stevie Wonder and the inventors of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Someone posted the moment on Reddit, and it went viral. “I started getting a lot of texts,” says Rogers. “I didn’t even know what Reddit was.” She has since signed a deal with Capitol and just released an EP, Now That the Light Is Fading.

As overnight as Rogers’ success may seem, she has been prepping for it most of her life. Growing up, she learned to play harp, guitar and banjo, impressing high school classmates with covers of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. During a semester abroad in 2015, she visited a dance club in Berlin. “It changed everything,” she says. “I wanted to play a show that kids my age would want to come to and get high for.”

Before graduation, Rogers planned to work as afreelance writer while releasing music independently. Now, she’s planning afull album and a tour that includes a stop at Lollapalooza. “I spent lastsummer having weird label dinners with 50-year-old men,” she says. “Thereare a lot of things worse to be than the ‘Pharrell girl.’ I hope that’ll wearoff. I really want to make a great record, like my Rumours or Thriller.”

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See Doors' John Densmore Recall 'Spiritual but Cathartic' John Coltrane Gig

In a scene from the new John Coltrane documentary Chasing Trane, Doors drummer John Densmore recalls attending an awe-inspiring yet divisive performance by the late jazz legend. “I would say that half the audience left before it was over,” Densmore recalls. “They just didn’t know they were witnessing something ahead of its time. Something spiritual but cathartic and tumultuous.”

The clip comes from a portion of the film that deals with Coltrane’s often-controversial later years, which found him exploring a more abrasive, freeform sound. “Coltrane thought it was cleansing and uplifting,” says Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter in the clip. “But … what they heard was shrieking.”

Written and directed by John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon; Who Is Harry Nilsson, and Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?), Chasing Trane tells the story of the saxophone great through rare and unreleased video and photographs, as well as extensive interviews with Coltrane collaborators, admirers and family members. In addition to Densmore, those featured in the film include Common, Carlos Santana, Sonny Rollins, Kamasi Washington, Bill Clinton and Dr. Cornel West, as well as Coltrane’s children Ravi and Oran. Fully authorized by the Coltrane estate, Chasing Trane also includes music from throughout the saxophonist’s career. Denzel Washington provides narration drawn from Coltrane interviews.

“I have no fear about my music being too way out,” says Washington in the clip above, speaking Coltrane’s words. “My goals remain the same, and that is to uplift people as much as I can.”

Chasing Trane premiered at the 2016 Telluride International Film Festival. The film opens at New York’s IFC Center on Friday and at L.A.’s Landmark on April 21st. Screenings throughout North America follow this spring and summer.

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LifeArt Global Media Festival / Film – Television – Web – VR

www.lifeartfestival.com / LifeArt Global Media Festival is a Multimedia Festival and a creative movement celebrating Life, Art, and Film. Its aim is to inspire Global Media artists, offering them a canvas for freedom of expression. All events will be taking place in iconic locations around the city of Athens and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. On July 12th 2017, the Closing Ceremony of LifeArt will take place in the thrilling Ancient Theatre of Herodion under the Acropolis.BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Revealed the Zoe Award designed by ZOLOTAS after the Cycladic Idol and announced the spectacular venue of the Festival’s closing ceremony, the Ancient Theatre of Herodion under the Acropolis at Press Gala held at the Four Seasons Beverl…


G. Love Brings His Fusion of Hip-Hop and Blues to The Cutting Room NYC for National Nonprofit Little Kids Rock's 3rd Annual Spring Jam Concert Supporting School Music Programs

G. Love to headline Spring Jam 2017 and performs with Little Kids Rock Students!NEW YORK, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With inner city public school music programs on the chopping block, renowned alternative blues / hip-hop artist, G. Love, will headline an intimate evening at The Cutting Room in support of one of his favorite nonprofits – Little Kids Rock. The…


All for One Media Corp. Announces Start of Pre-Production and Soundtrack Recording on New Musical Dramedy "Crazy for the Boys"

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — All for One Media Corp. (OTC-QB: AFOM), a tween branded entertainment Company, has entered into seven weeks of pre-production on the Company’s new Musical dramedy “Crazy for the Boys.” As of Monday, April 10th, the Company through its…


Superstar Harry Connick, Jr. To Sing National Anthem At The 143rd Kentucky Derby

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/04/Churchill_Downs_Racetrack_Harry_Connick_Jr.jpg?p=captionLOUISVILLE, Ky., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
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The Pink Spiders Launches Official Website

The Pink Spiders have launched an official website, since they reunited not that long ago. Go check out their music, merchandise, and more, right HERE! http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News


Pryti Releases Remastered Single "Angst"

Pryti has released a remastered lyrical video for the new single “Angst”. Check it out HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News