Daily Archives: May 3, 2017

Hear Haim Express Regretful Side on New Song 'Want You Back'

Haim offered up another preview of their much anticipated sophomore album Something to Tell You with the regretful “Want You Back.”

“I know I ran you down / So you ran away with your heart / But just know I want you back,” Danielle Haim sings on the Ariel Rechtshaid-produced track. “I’ll take the fall and fault in this / I’ll give you all the loving I never gave before I left you.”

“Want You Back” leans heavily on Haim’s Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac influences, while hitmaker Rechtshaid, who previously worked on Haim’s 2013 debut LP Days Are Gone, gives the track a Hot 100-ready sheen.

“Want You Back” follows the Haim’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video for “Right Now.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the personal nature of tracks like “Want You Back” and “Right Now,” Danielle Haim said, “If I’m feeling some type of way and we start to write, I don’t fully understand my feelings until the song’s done and out in the world. That’s how it was with the last album. I think I’m gonna start to figure out what a lot of these new songs mean in two months, or something.”

Haim have also promised to debut their new music live when the trio serve as musical guests on the Melissa McCarthy-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live.

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RealNetworks Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

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Revenue stability, with year-over-year revenue growth for first quarter;
Reduced year-over-year operating expenses by $6.5 million in first quarter; and
Investing in key growth initiatives

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Fyre Festival Disaster: Industry Vets Weigh in

Like everybody else who watched the wreckage of Fyre Festival, the “luxury” event last weekend in the Bahamas marred by shoddy housing, questionable meals and overall substandard conditions, veteran managers, agents and others in the concert business tell Rolling Stone they couldn’t believe organizers neglected to supply attendees with basic food, water and lodging. Billy McFarland, who created the event with rapper Ja Rule, lamented to Rolling Stone last week that “we tried building a city out of nothing” — but those who put on Bonnaroo, Coachella and other music festivals do such a thing every year. One concert-business source called the festival “completely ass-backwards.” Another said it was “a complete disaster and a lot of people fell for it.”

“Their approach was, ‘We thought up the idea, we put tickets on sale, then we decided on marketing and talent and tried to see if the venue would work,'” says one source who wished to remain anonymous. “The traditional way of promoting a festival is: Find a great site, make sure it works, then select some talent and put together marketing and put tickets on sale. They took the traditional method and did it the opposite way. It seems like you should know if there’s running water before you put on a festival on your site.”

Fyre Festival, ostensibly featuring Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer and other top acts, drew fans who reportedly paid up to $250,000 apiece for high-end villa packages and gourmet meals. Instead, as festivalgoer Gunnar Wilmot said last week, he and three friends arrived via chartered plane Thursday night to find tents, cheese sandwiches in Styrofoam containers and conditions “like a Syrian refugee camp.” Because a storm on the Exuma islands site canceled and delayed flights, many guests were trapped, some without lodging. Class-action lawsuits, including one for $100 million led by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, are starting to roll in.

“They took the traditional method and did it the opposite way,” says one industry vet

Concert-business sources were incredulous that McFarland and Ja Rule apparently neglected to hire any of the companies with experience putting on these kinds of events — from top promoters Live Nation and AEG to remote festival specialists such as CID Entertainment. “Any professional would know 30 to 60 days out that this thing wasn’t happening to the level they were advertising it,” says Bert Holman, the manager for the Allman Brothers Band which had organized the Wanee Festival, in Live Oak, Florida, for years. “I look at the audience like, ‘What are you people thinking? How could you buy tickets for something that doesn’t have a track record? Oh, man, are you guys crazy?’ I think they all got what they deserved.”

Holman has been shocked and amused to follow the Fyre Festival reports since last Thursday — a hired talent producer, who visited the Exuma site in March, deemed it a “mess” before returning home to New York and quitting. “It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable,” he says.

Dave Frey, manager for Cheap Trick who co-owns the annual Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, received “is that you?” Facebook messages as the festival debacle was unfolding, with friends mistaking “Fyre” for “Frey.” (He was not involved in Fyre.) Frey couldn’t believe the organizers neglected to properly prepare for such an out-of-the-way gathering. “Any time you have a mass gathering in a remote place where you don’t have infrastructure and you don’t have resources, it’s hard to supply,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Even doing a show in Hawaii is challenging. If you don’t plan it properly, you can pretty much plan on not having the things that you need: ‘Oh yeah, we needed golf carts, I forgot.'”

McFarland told Rolling Stone that he and his other promoters were “a little bit ambitious” and didn’t realize their lack of foresight until a storm hit days before the festival and knocked out its water and sewage facilities.

Others in the concert business were less amused than Holman and expressed worry that the crush of negative media coverage might extend to legitimate, longtime music festivals. “To put those people through apparently what they went through, while kind of hilarious, is actually not,” one of the sources says. “It’s hilarious if you weren’t there.”

“I’m sort of hoping this is a wake-up moment for a lot of people: ‘Oh, it sounds fun launching a music festival,'” the source continues. “Hopefully, people can see it’s a hard thing to do, and maybe they should just leave it to the professionals.”

This source questions the entire concept of Fyre Festival, which made “thousands of offers representing tens of millions of dollars” for celebrity appearances, according to a pitch deck sent to potential investors. According to Fyre’s promotional material, organizers hoped to raise $25 million on “500 exclusive managers” with hopes to “expand Fyre globally.” The source received a copy of the deck earlier this year and chose not to invest: “They definitely were hitting people up for cash way before they had it all secured.”

“I’m sort of hoping this is a wake-up moment for a lot of people,” says one source

In the deck, Ja Rule and McFarland are listed as co-founders, with the rapper responsible for “overall business strategy, guiding creative and facilitating artist relations.” In a statement last Friday, the rapper declared, “This is NOT MY FAULT but I’m taking responsibility.” The Allman Brothers’ Holman wonders if the organizers took the time to protect themselves legally, given the slapdash nature of virtually everything else involved in the festival. “Sounds to me like a lot of this stuff is on the fly,” he says.

“When you look at their teaser videos, all they show is models frolicking in the sun. It barely mentions the music,” adds another concert-business source. “Something of this sort requires at least a year of intensive planning. To go to an island without any infrastructure and build something from scratch, it’s hard for me to pencil out how the finances could work effectively.”

Chloe Gordon, the talent producer who quit working for Fyre Festival in March, said Friday that producers “had a lot of warnings” and “fired everyone along the way that told them it wasn’t feasible.” In his Rolling Stone interview, McFarland was apologetic and acknowledged the promoters were “overwhelmed and just didn’t have the foresight to solve all these problems.” 

Some in the concert business appreciated his contrition, but others criticized the promoters’ hubris for noticing crippling problems in advance but moving forward with the festival anyway. “The plug should have been pulled and it was reckless,” says one of the sources. “There has to be an overarching understanding that it must be safe. It just seems they didn’t even understand that basic priority.” Adds another source: “The fact that they still let people come is crazy.”

Over the last 15 years, the U.S. concert business has followed Europe’s lead in shifting the summer concert business away from traveling festivals such as H.O.R.D.E. and Ozzfest to standalone weekend festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. As these events have become big business, selling out with crowds of up to 90,000 over one or two weekends, smaller festivals have popped up everywhere, from the Roots Picnic in New York City and Philadelphia to the Eaux Claires in tiny Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They can easily cost tens of millions of dollars to produce, especially when top headliners alone can charge as much as $5 million for individual performances.

One of Fyre Festival’s big miscalculations, says Dennis Arfa, agent for Billy Joel, Metallica and Rod Stewart, was marketing itself as an A-level event. “That’s when the shit hits the fan. This was presented as high-end, and obviously it wasn’t together,” he says. “It was promising people paradise, and they didn’t deliver on paradise.

“The Bonnaroos and the Coachellas and the Governors Balls — we know that those are all legitimate,” Arfa continues. “But then there’s a second layer, and then there’s the tertiary layer, and those are fringes. If you’re working those festivals, you have to know some of them are on a shoestring. Not everyone’s Coachella.”

Holman says the Allman Brothers Band had played questionable events over the years, and came to insist on receiving a 50 percent deposit in advance. He tells horror stories about promoters who didn’t have enough cash in the box office to pay the band the rest of its money after it performed as scheduled and wonders how Fyre Festival’s organizers will have enough assets to settle the lawsuits that have piled up in recent days. 

“I can’t figure out what this thing is. It’s not like they have other festivals,” Holman says. “At the end of the day, when you deal with bad people, bad things happen.”

Organizers “postpone” two-weekend Bahamas fest following reports of feral dogs, threatening security, shoddy housing. Watch here.

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Hear At the Drive In's Pummeling New Song 'Pendulum in a Peasant Dress'

At the Drive In detonate a pulverizing punk attack with “Pendulum in a Peasant Dress,” their latest sample from upcoming LP in • ter a • li • a. Singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala pauses his trademark onslaught of surrealistic wordplay on the pogoing chorus (“One shot delivers us from what the heart don’t want/ But the heart is broken”), shouting over Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s torrent of whirring guitar effects.

in • ter a • li • a, the experimental post-hardcore band’s fourth LP and first since 2000’s Relationship of Command, is out Friday, May 5th. In December, At the Drive In issued the blistering lead single “Governed By Contagions.” They followed in February with “Incurably Innocent” and “Hostage Stamps,” pairing the latter with an eerie, apocalyptic stop-motion video.

The quintet recently spoke to The New York Times about the strange but thrilling process of reviving their old sound. “We had lots of conversations about respecting our fan base and everything where we had left off,” Zavala said. “We need to honor where we left off sonically last time, and we need to honor how we used to paint outside the lines.”

At the Drive In will promote in • ter a • li • a with a North American tour launching Saturday, May 6th in their hometown of El Paso, Texas. The trek concludes June 21st in Cleveland. In March, the band performed at SXSW and made good on a make-up show at New York City’s Terminal 5, following a cancellation in 2016 due to Zavala’s vocal illness. 

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Halsey Sets Headlining 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom' Tour

Halsey has scheduled an autumn trek in support of her upcoming album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

The eight-week headlining arena tour begins September 29th at Uncasville, Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena and navigates North America before ending November 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour also includes a October 13th stop to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and a November 3rd visit to Los Angeles’ the Forum.

Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor will serve as supporting acts for the jaunt.

A pre-sale for the tour starts May 8th, with the general on-sale to follow on May 12th. Each fan that purchases a pair of tickets online will receive a physical copy of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom when that album arrives June 2nd. The singer has set up a tour website for more information.

After debuting her new album’s first single “Now or Never,” Halsey will stop by Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show Thursday to premiere the second single, “Eyes Closed.” She’ll also perform Thursday night on The Tonight Show.

Halsey Tour

September 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
October 3 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 4 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 6 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
October 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
October 9 – Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
October 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
October 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
October 14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
October 17 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
October 19 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
October 21 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
October 22 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
October 25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
October 27 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
October 29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
November 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
November 4 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
November 5 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
November 7 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 10 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
November 11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
November 14 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
November 15 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
November 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
November 19 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
November 21 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
November 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center

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Join Live Nation's 'National Concert Day' Celebration With 1,000,000 Tickets Available For Only $20 – On Sale This Week Only

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Hear Paramore's Funky, Sleek New Song 'Told You So'

Paramore explores polyrhythmic funk-pop on their new single, “Told You So.” Over Zac Farro’s New Wave drum groove and Taylor York’s spidery guitars, singer Hayley Williams alludes to a combative relationship: “I know you like/ When I admit that I was wrong and you were right.”

In the song’s stylish video, directed by Farro and Aaron Joseph, the trio cruise around in a car wearing red berets. York performs his riffs in the backseat, while Farro endangers their lives by playing tambourine behind the wheel.

“Told You So,” the second single from the band’s upcoming fifth LP, After Laughter, premiered Wednesday via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. In an interview promoting the track, Williams told Lowe she struggled to craft the lyrics.

“That was one of the first pieces of music that Taylor sent me,” she said. “I had a little thumb-drive, and I would just drive around listening to it, and especially back and forth from Taylor’s house. And I would sing little rhythmic sings to myself – they didn’t make sense. There were no words. But this is another one that really intimidated me because I was like, ‘I have all these melody ideas because there’s no so much melody going on and so much rhythm going on. It’s so inspiring. But how am I going to fit what I feel into that?’ It took a minute.”

Paramore announced After Laughter and released its lead single, “Hard Times,” last month. The album, which marks Farro’s return after a seven-year absence, is their first since the departure of co-founding bassist Jeremy Davis.

The band will perform alongside headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and reunited punk giants Jawbreaker at the Chicago installment of this year’s Riot Fest.

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Erykah Badu Plots Badu Vs. Everythang Tour

Erykah Badu has announced a globe-spanning summer trek dubbed the Badu Vs. Everythang Tour.

The jaunt kicks off May 6th in Birmingham, Alabama with Badu’s first of two Funk Fest headlining spots; two weeks later, the soul singer will perform at the Atlanta offshoot.

After gigs in Houston and New Orleans, Badu will embark on a European tour before returning July 20th for a stretch of U.S. dates. After that run concludes September 23rd in Chicago, Badu has then lined up a handful of dates in Japan.

As Brooklyn Vegan notes, Badu is the second artist to confirm for the second annual Meadows Festival in Queens, New York this September, following Gorillaz.

Erykah Badu Tour Dates

May 6 – Birmingham, AL @ Funk Fest
May 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Funk Fest
May 27 – Houston, TX @ Houston Arena Theater
May 28 – New Orleans, LA @ Lake Front Arena
July 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Expo Park (FYF Fest)
August 10 – Philadelphia, PA
August 12 – Charlotte, NC
August 13 – Richmond, VA
September 15 – Newark, NJ
September 16 – Queens, NY @ Meadows Festival
September 22 & 23 – Chicago, IL @ Midwives Conference

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Watch Alex Ebert's Kaleidoscopic Video for New Song 'Broken Record'

Alex Ebert, leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, released a psychedelic new solo single, “Broken Record.” Throughout the track, Ebert croons over fuzzy synths, crackling percussion and wailing saxophone.

The singer-songwriter debuted “Broken Record” Wednesday via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. He also issued a kaleidoscopic video, directed by Kevin Circosta; in a series of disjointed visual loops, he stands against a wall of graffiti, blows a kiss and examines the grooves of an LP.

In a statement about the track, Ebert noted that “Broken Record” is intended to be part of an unspecified new “adventure” – but not an album.

“Once in a while enough heartache piles up, and you get that tender electric,” he said. “And that wide open space is that terribly alive shit. Terribly alive. And that’s that ocean I love best. That’s that adventure. That’s that void-blown, step-blind trust. This song ‘Broken Record’ is the first of a whole thing. Not an album. An adventure. I’m leaning out. I can’t speak for other people right now. Just myself.”

“Broken Record” marks Ebert’s first solo music since his 2011 debut, Alexander. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released their fourth LP, PersonA, in 2016. 

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