Daily Archives: April 25, 2017

Watch Adam Levine Perform Poignant 'Hey Jude' for Christina Grimmie

Adam Levine led a moving tribute to late singer Christina Grimmie with a performance of the Beatles‘ “Hey Jude” on The Voice Tuesday. Levine coached Grimmie during Season Six of The Voice and guided her to the final round. She was shot and killed last June by a fan while signing autographs after a show in Orlando, Florida.

With Grimmie’s family in the audience, Levine offered a few words about the singer, saying, “I miss her, it’s unfair that she’s not here and we’re gonna sing her a little song tonight, and I’m going to be singing every word to her in her honor.”

Levine then took the stage with members of his current team – Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah – and kicked off a rousing rendition of the Beatles’ beloved ballad. After trading lyrics during the first verse of “Hey Jude,” the four singers began to tease out a few harmonies and then took turns unleashing a litany of vocal runs during the song’s final refrain.

In February, Grimmie’s family shared a new song by the late singer titled “Invisible.” The track appears on a new posthumous EP, Side B, which was released April 21st and follows 2016’s Side A. Per Billboard, a full album, All Is Vanity, is scheduled to arrive June 2nd, coinciding with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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Hear Blondie's Roaring New Song 'Fragments'

Blondie unveiled a sprawling and exhilarating rendition of “Fragments,” the closing track from their upcoming LP, Pollinator, out May 5th. Vancouver indie artist an Unkindness – the musical project of Adam Johnston – released “Fragments” in 2010, though it was first heard at the end of his YouTube movie reviews

On their version, Blondie flip Johnston’s folk ballad into a prog-tinged epic that begins with a spaced-out intro and morphs suddenly into a driving rocker. While a rollicking piano recalls the stripped-down instrumentals of Johnston’s original, Blondie inject their rendition of “Fragments” with delirious synths, roaring guitar and gritty bass while Debbie Harry unleashes a vocal performance packed with plenty of potent theatricality.

“Fragments” follows previously released Pollinator tracks “Fun,” a collaboration with TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and “Long Time,” which was co-written with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Pollinator will also feature contributions from Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, former Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi.

Blondie will embark on a co-headlining summer tour with Garbage July 5th in Saratoga, California.

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Watch Aquilo's Intimate Live Performance of 'Sorry'

British indie duo Aquilo stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to deliver a powerful performance of “Sorry” from their debut studio album, Silhouettes.

The tender torch song finds singer/guitarist Tom Higham delivering an impressive vocal performance over Ben Fletcher’s deft piano playing. The duo play perfectly off each other, with Higham’s soft falsetto wafting with Fletcher’s delicate playing, then building to a heartbreaking chorus: “I’m reminded of the fool I was,” Higham wails. “I cut you off and fucked it up again/ I’m sorry that I let you go, I’m sorry that I cared.”

Aquilo released Silhouettes in January, four years after gaining attention for their first songs, “You There” and “Calling Me.” The group’s steady rise was punctuated with a string of EPs, while in 2015 they notched a SoundCloud smash, “Losing You,” with Vancouver DJ Vanic.

Aquilo played a handful of North American concerts in March after embarking on a lengthier trip last fall. The duo’s next set of live dates is a U.K. run scheduled for this September. 

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April 25th Proclaimed "Ella Fitzgerald Day" In NYC At Event Hosted By Verve Label Group At The Rainbow Room In Honor Of The Singer's 100th Birthday

From left to right: Danny Bennett, Julie Menin, Tony Bennett, Fran Morris-Rosman, Richard RosmanNEW YORK, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On the 65th floor at the iconic Rainbow Room, with an expansive view of the city where Ella Fitzgerald got her first big break and performed her last public concert, the singer’s 100th birthday was celebrated. Verve Label Group, in partnership…


Three Guests Drops First Studio Single "Marilyn" Distributed by TuneGO Music Group

Three Guests Drops First Studio Single “Marilyn” Distributed by TuneGO Music Group. To find out more visit https://www.tunego.com/threeguests or the fan site www.threeguests.com.LAS VEGAS, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Social media sensations, Three Guests, drops first studio single, “Marilyn.” Produced and distributed by TuneGO Inc.’s newly formed record label, TuneGO Music Group (TMG), “Marilyn” is a song that blends pop and smooth hip hop into one sound and…


Chris Rock, Adam Sandler to Star in Netflix Wedding Comedy 'The Week Of'

Adam Sandler has tapped Chris Rock for an upcoming Netflix film, The Week Of. Sandler recently expanded his Netflix streaming deal with four more new movies.

Frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel will direct The Week Of, a comedy where Sandler’s character’s daughter marries Rock’s character’s son. The film will follow the week leading up to the wedding. Smigel and Sandler co-wrote the film, which will be the fourth installment of Sandler’s first Netflix deal.

“Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are cornerstones of the Netflix comedy family and we are over the moon about these two legends reuniting to give our members worldwide a healthy dose of the hilarity that they have been creating together for years,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Deadline. “Similar in the romantic comedy tone of Sandler’s most recent film Sandy Wexler, this film will be the perfect vehicle for Sandler and Rock and their millions of fans around the world.”

Netflix recently revealed that Sandler’s films released on the platform as part of their exclusivity deal have been some of their most-watched original films. So far, he has released the western spoof The Ridiculous 6, the spy-comedy The Do-Over and the Hollywood satire Sandy Wexler, which was released earlier this month. Sandler’s deal made him the first major film star to completely bypass theaters in favor of at-home viewing.

Smigel, Sandler and Rock have all been working with one another since Saturday Night Live. Smigel co-wrote Grown-Ups, a comedy that co-starred Rock and Sandler alongside David Spade and Kevin James. 

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Tee Grizzley: Detroit MC Finds Success Through Redemptive Jailhouse Rap

Detroit’s Tee Grizzley is 2017’s brightest rap upstart, thanks to his breakout hit “First Day Out.” His hard-bitten, snapping rap style reflects years of pain as well as eventual redemption: Between 2015 and 2016, the man born Terry Wallace – who apparently earned his nickname for having a ferocious, brawling “grizzly” attitude while locked up – served an 18-month sentence for home invasion, the result of breaking into other students’ dorm rooms while he attended Michigan State University. While he was incarcerated, he wrote the lyrics to My Moment, featuring the diaristic tale “First Day Out,” released a month after his release in October 2016. It set off a label bidding war eventually won by 300 Entertainment, home to stars like Young Thug and Migos.

Despite his humble regional origins, My Moment strikes a careful balance between Tee Grizzley’s street bona fides and his spirituality, his knack for hardcore raps and his talent for emotional singing. There’s not only bouncing tracts like “No Effort,” where he thumps hard over a DJ Mustard beat; but there’s also “Testimony,” where he harmonizes anxiously about his faith in Jesus. While My Moment earns critical acclaim, Tee Grizzley has dropped hot singles like “From the D to the A,” a collaboration with Lil Yachty. During a phone interview, the admittedly circumspect rapper discusses adjusting to newfound fame and why his street persona doesn’t affect his spiritual life.

You have said that you wrote My Moment while you were still in prison.
Yeah, I wrote that when I was locked up. Yep.

Did you make any changes to it when you got out?
Not for real, nope. I didn’t make no changes.

What have the past couple of months been like for you?
It was a lot just to have my freedom again after so many years in prison. So to have all this fame and love and all that is crazy, through the roof.

Has there been an adjustment period for you? I assume that getting out and then having all this success must be a big shift.
Oh yeah, definitely. It’s definitely been one of the biggest impacts in my life. I’ve had a lot of big impacts before the music as far as deaths and tragedies and experiences in my life. It’s definitely one of the things, that’s for sure. … I learned that I’ve gotta move more careful because a lot of people waiting on me to mess up or do something crazy. So I gotta move more careful. I gotta move more protected, you know what I’m saying? I’ve never needed security because me and my group, we was our own security. We protected ourselves. But now, I’m in a whole ‘nother position, so I move more secure now. People treat you different. A lot of people switch up and say you switched up. A whole bunch of stuff.

Do you still live in Detroit?
No, I don’t live in Detroit no more. I live in Michigan because I’m on parole, I can’t leave. But yeah, I’m still in Michigan. The city is Birmingham, Michigan.

Is there anybody that inspired you to get into rapping?
Yep, my uncles and my pops.

Did your uncles and your pops rap professionally?
Naw. They rapped around the hood, but they ain’t never got a check off music.

What was it about the way they did it that inspired you?
I thought it was sweet to hear your voice on a song. And when they finally took me to the studio, and I heard my voice, I fell in love with it.

Was there anything about their style, or the way that they rapped?
No, they rapped regular Detroit stuff. They wasn’t rapping crazy like that.

What does it mean to have a “regular” Detroit style?
It means, basically, you rap about the local stuff that’s going on. This neighborhood, that neighborhood, the clothes and the fashion, and just basically give you our point of view. Talk about drugs, murder, all that type of stuff.

On your mixtape, you do a lot of rapping, but you also do a bit of singing. As an artist, how do you choose when you’re going to use which method?
Man, I ain’t gonna lie to you, I feel like the singing puts soul on top of the rap. I feel like the rapping’s good, but the singing puts that feeling on it that makes you feel [the song] more. I don’t know what it was. I be like, it’s more real. I can be more real and more vulnerable when I sing. I just like the feeling more.

On My Moment, you have a song called “Testimony,” where you talk about your relationship with God. Do you consider yourself a spiritual person?
Yeah, I’m spiritual. I believe in God. I pray. You know, I used to go to church, all that. I read the Bible, all that type of stuff.

Do you still go to church?
Not really. I don’t believe in God [so I can] go to church, though. Like, you can have church at your house. I feel like as long as you’re giving him praise, you can do it wherever. You don’t have to be inside of a church to give praise to him.

On the one hand, you have a song like “Testimony,” where you talk about your relationship with God. Then, on the other hand, you’re talking about street stuff. How do you resolve those two things?
Because at the end of the day, the street stuff is my life, and the testimony is what I feel. I still believe in God. But the hand that I was dealt in my life, that’s just what that is. Yeah, I believe in God, but as I was saying in “Testimony,” that side is true. But at the same time, it still what it is. It’s how I was raised. It’s who I am.

Do you feel like you can get closer to God if you get out of the street life? Or do you have to strike a balance between being spiritual and being in the streets?
I feel like [I carry God with me] regardless, because if what I was doing was terrible or really horrible, then I would have never been born. And if what I was doing wasn’t really supposed to happen, I would have never made it. So I never question what He got going on. I was in the streets and [now] I’m doing my music. I don’t really have a lot of time to do this or that. But I’m not going to question it, though, because at the end of the day, it’s His will.

What can you say about the track “Day Ones.”
“Day Ones,” that’s a song I wrote with a heavy heart because it was, like, everything in it was true. I lost a lot of people: family, parents. So I really wanted to dedicate that song to them. I wished that they was here. I wrote it when I was locked up, but when I was locked up I knew that I was going to be something, and whatever I was going to do, they wouldn’t get to be any part of it.

Which books did you read while you were in prison?
I read a lot of Louis L’amour Western books. I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad, all of them. I read The Art of War. What else did I read? … I read a lot of black novels, too. I read a lot of Five Percenter books.

It’s interesting that you read Five Percent Nation books. Is that a religion that you’re studying closely?
Naw, I ain’t study it. But I read what they got to say. It’s not something that I considered converting to, but I definitely appreciate what they had to say, though.

You attended Michigan State University before you got locked up. Are you planning to go back to college?|
I ain’t going back to school before I’m ready to focus 100% on school, because that’s where I messed up the first time with my mind, and got into that situation. I want to go back to school, but right now, I don’t need it.

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Hear T-Pain's Bruising New Song 'See Me Comin'

T-Pain has unleashed a furious new song, “See Me Comin.” Dre Moon and X-Plosive co-produced the blistering track, which clocks in at under three minutes but bursts rumbling bass, hard-hitting drums and an uncompromising litany of bars from T-Pain.

T-Pain opens the track with an Auto-Tune-soaked growl, breaking off a punchy first verse that settles into a smoother, but no less ominous second half. “Break bread by any means,” he boasts. “I’m Malcolm X with the lean and the zoot suit.”

“See Me Comin” marks T-Pain’s latest offering and follows recently released tracks “Thanx,” “Feel Like I’m Haitian” with Zoey Dollaz and “Dan Bilzerian” with Lil Yachty. The rapper/singer has been releasing loose tracks for the past few years, though has yet to offer any details about his long-awaited new album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, which he first teased in 2015. T-Pain released his last album, Revolver, in 2011.

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Future Islands Expand North American Tour

Baltimore synth-pop outfit Future Islands added another 20 North American tour dates to an already packed 2017 itinerary in support of their new album, The Far Field. The new dates kick off September 5th in Richmond, Virginia, right on the heels of a summer international run.

During the fall trek, the group will hit Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Toronto and more before wrapping October 9th in Boston. Two dates – September 17th in San Diego, California and 30th in Omaha, Nebraska – will be co-headlining gigs with Explosions In the Sky. Tickets for some shows begin to go on sale April 26th, though complete information for individual dates is available on Future Islands’ website.

Future Islands recently performed at Coachella and will embark on a European tour April 27th before returning to North American for a previously announced run that starts May 25th in Providence, Rhode Island.

Since forming in 2006, Future Islands’ engrossing live show has helped them build a devoted cult following and cross over when they delivered an instantly viral performance of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2014. 

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, singer Samuel Herring spoke about how important the band’s live show is to him, saying, “I don’t really have a ‘happy place’; a happy memory is also something you long for, something that’s not there, so I don’t really have them. I go to the coast when I’m home and it makes me feel like a kid again. It’s beautiful to hear the sounds, to smell it. … But it all becomes the longing for something that’s not there. My happiest place in this world is the stage. That’s where I have purpose. It’s what makes me know I deserve to be – not that I need to be – on this earth.”

Future Islands North American Tour Dates

September 5 – Richmond, VA @ The National
September 11 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity
September 12 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
September 13 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
September 15 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
September 17 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre
September 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
September 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
September 27 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
September 28 – Jackson, WY @ Pink Garter Theatre
September 29 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
September 30 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Outside
October 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
October 2 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
October 5 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 6 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
October 7 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre
October 9 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

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Life is Beautiful Festival Reveals Electrifying 2017 Music, Art and Comedy Lineups

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