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Kevin Garcia, Grandaddy Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 41

Kevin Garcia, the bassist and co-founder of the influential Modesto, California alt-rock group Grandaddy, died after suffering a massive stroke Tuesday. He was 41. Grandaddy confirmed Garcia’s death in a post on Facebook

“There are no accurate words to express what we need to,” the band said. “We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and band mate Kevin Garcia early this afternoon … We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto. Kevin started playing with Grandaddy when he was fifteen. He was an actual angel. He navigated life with a grace, a generosity and a kindness that was utterly unique. And contagious. He is loved so deeply by so many.”

Garcia is survived by his wife, two children, parents, grandmother and brothers. The band has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with coming expenses.

Singer/guitarist Jason Lytle formed Grandaddy in 1992 with Garcia on bass and Aaron Burtch on drums. The group released their debut album, Under the Western Freeway, in 1997, drawing critical acclaim for their blend of Nineties alternative rock with spaced-out psychedelia. Their 2000 follow-up, The Sophtware Slump, was equally celebrated and remains a touchstone concept record about humanity and technology at the outset of the 21st century.

Grandaddy would release two more LPs – 2003’s Sumday and 2006’s Just Like the Fambly Cat – as well as a handful of compilations before splitting up in 2006. However, the group reunited in 2012 for a handful of live dates and eventually entered the studio to record their first album in 11 years, Last Place, which was released in March. 

Grandaddy are scheduled to return to the road in support of Last Place May 7th in Vancouver, Canada. However, the band did not say how Garcia’s passing will affect their current plans. At the end of their Facebook post, they wrote, “We’ll have more to say in the days ahead. Right now the four of us are grieving together.” 

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Linkin Park Plot Massive 'One More Light' Tour

Linkin Park will embark on a North American tour this summer in support of their upcoming album, One More Light

The trek kicks off July 27th at the Xfinity Center in Boston and wraps October 22nd at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Additional concerts in Pennsylvania and New York will be announced soon.

Machine Gun Kelly will open throughout the tour. The pair announced the partnership in a video for Genius, in which Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington crash a Machine Gun Kelly interview and whisk the rapper off to the road. 

Japanese rock outfit One OK Rock will also open during select dates at the beginning of the One More Light tour, while additional support for the trek’s final West Coast run will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the One More Light tour go on sale May 12th, though Linkin Park fans will have access to a pre-sale starting May 9th via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Fans can sign up now to claim a spot in a digital line for pre-sale tickets. Members of Linkin Park’s fan club will have priority access, but anyone can register and potentially end up at the front. All ticket purchases will include either a digital or CD copy of One More Light.

Linkin Park will release One More Light May 19th. The record marks the band’s first since 2014’s The Hunting Party. The group has shared a handful of album cuts so far, including lead single “Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, “Battle Symphony” and “Good Goodbye,” featuring Pusha T and British grime artist Stormzy.

Linkin Park One More Light Tour Dates
July 27 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center (with One OK Rock)
August 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion (with One OK Rock)
August 2 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live (with One OK Rock)
August 5 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena (with One OK Rock)
August 7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 – Toronto, ONT @ Budweiser Stage
August 10 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
August 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
August 14 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
August 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 17 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
August 19 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
August 20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
August 22 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
August 23 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
August 25 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
August 26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
August 28 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena
August 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
September 1 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
September 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 14 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
October 15 – Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
October 17 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State
October 18 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
October 20 San Diego, CA @Mattress Firm Amphitheater
October 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

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Vie Loriot de Rouvray is recognized by Continental Who's Who

ORLANDO, Fla., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Continental Who’s Who recognizes Vie Loriot de Rouvray as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in recognition of her contributions to the field of Sound and Light Therapy.
Loriot de Rouvray was born in the French Aristocracy on the island of Caledonia….

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Eagles Sue 'Hotel California' in Mexico for Trademark Infringement

The Eagles are suing a hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico that bills itself as the Hotel California for trademark infringement and trying to capitalize off of the band’s famous 1976 album and song, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a lawsuit, the band argues that the hotel has falsely led consumers to believe that it is associated with the Eagles and inspired “Hotel California.” “Multiple online reviews make clear that U.S. consumers who visit the Todos Santos Hotel and buy Defendants’ merchandise do, in fact, believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles, which is not the case,” the suit reads.

A representative for the Eagles declined to comment. A representative for the hotel did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

The suit goes on to argue that “Hotel California” is “arguably the band’s most popular song, and in many ways embodies the very essence of the band itself. The song continues to be hugely popular, and the song’s name has become synonymous with the band.” The Eagles have also sold merchandise bearing the “Hotel California” name for decades, though an application to register the trademark for merchandise is still pending.

Coincidentally, the Todos Santos Hotel did open in 1950 under the name Hotel California. However, the suit notes that it has since gone through several name and ownership changes. The current owners, Debbie and John Stewart, bought the hotel in 2001, and the suit alleges that they tried to revitalize and market the hotel around a connection to the Eagles. Along with playing the Eagles’ music in the hotel, the suit claims that the Todos Santos Hotel sells items in its gift shop that refer to the hotel as “legendary,” insinuating a connection to the band and song.

The Eagles are seeking an injunction to stop the hotel from using the Hotel California name or doing anything else to imply a connection to the band. They’re also seeking all related profits, plus damages and relief.

While the Eagles’ “Hotel California” isn’t based on any particular place, the building that stands in for it on the cover of the 1976 album is the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ironically, the band used the photo without the Beverly Hills Hotel’s permission. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the album’s art director, Kosh (a.k.a. John Kosh), recalled, “As the sales of Hotel California went through the roof, lawyers for the Beverly Hills Hotel threatened me with a ‘cease and desist’ action until it was gently pointed out by my attorney that the hotel’s requests for bookings had tripled since the release of the album.”

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The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants

PHILADELPHIA, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for Capital Support. These grants, totaling $647,500 this fiscal year, are designated for capital projects of music organizations providing a broad range of…

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Linkin Park Announce One More Light World Tour With Special Guest Machine Gun Kelly

LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — LINKIN PARK announced their One More Light World Tour today via Genius HERE A first for both the genre-defying band and the lyric annotation platform.
Produced by Live Nation, the One More Light World Tour with special guest, Machine Gun…

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Flashback: Yes Enter the 1980s With 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'

Yes were so dead in the early Eighties that it took two guys named Trevor to bring it back to life. Ironically, the first Trevor – Buggles frontman Trevor Horn – took a lot of the blame for killing the group in the 1980 when he became the band’s new singer for the poorly-received Drama LP. Once the tour wrapped the group split, but a couple of years later South African guitarist Trevor Rabin began shopping his demo tape around Los Angeles. One of the songs was “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” which you can hear right here in its original form.

Phil Carson of Atlantic Records teamed him up with Yes bassist Chris Squire and Yes drummer Alan White to flesh his songs out. They recruited original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye to join them, calling the new group Cinema after one of Rabin’s songs. There was talk of bringing Trevor Horn back into the fold to sing, but with the memory of the Drama fiasco still strong they decided to have him produce instead. Squire and Rabin tried their hand at singing, but Atlantic felt they weren’t quite cutting it and pushed for them to bring in Jon Anderson.

This was no simple proposition. There were still hard feeling over how Anderson’s time in Yes ended, but once he heard Rabin’s amazing songs paired with Horn’s production he was willing to forgive and forget. Calling the group Cinema felt a little silly at this point considering they were basically now Yes with a new guitarist, so despite some reluctance from Rabin they reverted back to the old name. It gave the group attention they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten and leadoff single “Owner of a Lonely Heart” from their LP 90125 became a huge hit.

They toured it all over the world. “It was the most extraordinary event in my life,” Anderson told Rolling Stone last year. “You’re playing to thousands and thousands of people all over the world who know who you are. You never forget those times. It was very much like that at the Close to the Edge time and Fragile time. You never forget that incredible sense of camaraderie, harmony and friendship.”

Had Rabin stood firm and insisted the group remain Cinema he wouldn’t have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month as a member of Yes. He retired from the rock world in the mid-1990s to score movies like Con Air, Snakes on a Plane and Bad Boys II, but last year he came back to found the Yes spinoff group Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman. They changed their name to Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman a few weeks ago. They are on tour at the same time as Yes, which features Alan White and guitarist Steve Howe. It’s more than a little confusing, but nothing in Yes is every simple. And had Rabin not written “Owner of a Lonely Heart” all those years ago, things would have unfolded very, very differently. 

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Rancid Preview New LP 'Trouble Maker' With Blistering 'Ghost of a Chance'

Rancid return to the garage in the video for “Ghost of a Chance,” the new single from their upcoming album, Trouble Maker, out June 9th.

The simple clip finds the Berkeley punk stalwarts playing the rockabilly-tinged ripper. Singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong growls a message of fierce positivity and perseverance. After a blistering guitar solo from Lars Frederiksen, Armstrong bellows, “When the odds are small/ Don’t let ’em stop ya/ Cause we only got a Ghost of a chance, my brother/ We only got a ghost of a chance.”

Troublemaker marks Rancid’s ninth studio album and follows their 2014 LP, …Honor Is All We Know. The record is available to pre-order digitally and on CD and vinyl. The band is also selling a variety of bundles, which include LPs pressed on colored vinyl and seven-inch singles featuring bonus cuts “We Arrived Right On Time” b/w “Go On Rise Up.”

Rancid will embark on a massive tour this summer with the Dropkick Murphys starting July 27th in Bangor, Maine. The trek will feature the Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of the Stiff Little Fingers as openers through August 9th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The stretch between August 11th in Denver, Colorado and August 26th in Los Angeles, California will feature the Selector and 7 Seconds’ Kevin Seconds.

Trouble Maker Track List

1. “Track Fast”
2. “Ghost of a Chance”
3. “Telegraph Avenue”
4. “An Intimate Close Up of a Street Punk Trouble Maker”
5. “Where I’m Going”
6. “Buddy”
7. “Farewell Lola Blue”
8. “All American Neighborhood”
9. “Bovver Rock and Roll”
10. “Make It Out Alive”
11. “Molly Make Up Your Mind”
12. “I Got Them Blues Again”
13. “Beauty of the Pool Hall”
14. “Say Goodbye to Our Heroes”
15. “I Kept a Promise”
16. “Cold Cold Blood”
17. “This is Not the End”
18. “We Arrived on Time” (bonus track)
19. “Go On Rise Up” (bonus track)

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Beyonce Reveals Massive 'How to Make Lemonade' Box Set

Beyonce announced a collector’s edition box set called How To Make Lemonade set for release this summer. The news comes just after the anniversary of her Grammy-winning record Lemonade.

The retrospective will include a 600-page hardcover book comprising unseen photos from the making of the audiovisual album, personal writing by Beyonce and handwritten lyrics and poetry by Warsan Shire. Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson wrote the foreword for the new set.

The full package will include the first vinyl pressing of Lemonade with audio and visual album downloads, though the Lemonade vinyl will be available as a standalone. The retail price for the box set starts at $299.99. 

How To Make Lemonade Box Set

Side A:
“Pray You Catch Me”
“Hold Up”
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” (Featuring Jack White)

Side B:
“Sorry”
“6 Inch” (Featuring The Weeknd)
“Daddy Lessons”

Side C:
“Love Drought”
“Sandcastles”
“Forward” (Featuring James Blake)
“Freedom” (Featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Side D:
“All Night”
“Formation”

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Hear Harry Styles' Sweeping New Folk Song 'Sweet Creature'

Harry Styles unveiled a tender folk ballad, “Sweet Creature,” set to appear on his self-titled debut album, out May 12th.

Over tumbling and sprightly guitar picking, Styles details the tumult and potency of young love, fleshing out his lead vocals with simple harmonies and startling background runs. He shows off his impressive range on the song’s final chorus, straining expertly to sing, “Sweet creature, sweet creature/ When I run out of rope, you bring me home.”

Styles wrote “Sweet Creature” with Thomas Hull – also known as Kid Harpoon – who produced the track as well with Jeff Bhasker, Alex Salibian and Tyler Johnson. The song marks the third offering from Harry Styles, following lead single “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York,” which Styles debuted on Saturday Night Live

Styles will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of his solo debut starting September 19th in San Francisco, California and wrapping October 14th in Phoenix, Arizona.

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