Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Hear Grizzly Bear's Spellbinding New Song 'Three Rings'

Brooklyn indie outfit Grizzly Bear unveiled a captivating new song, “Three Rings.” The track will appear on the group’s as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2012 album, Shields.

“Three Rings” bursts with an intricate mix of guitar, bass, keys and synths that weave in and out of each other over a freewheeling jazz drumbeat. Singer/guitarist Ed Droste’s soft vocals waft over the spellbinding melange, which reaches its peak as he sings, “Don’t you feel it all come together.”

“Three Rings” arrives after Grizzly Bear shared 14 short teaser videos featuring warped visuals and snippets of new music. The band began releasing the clips in April and each one has been geo-tagged in a different location on their Instagram.

Droste first teased the follow-up to Shields in a 2015 interview with The Standard, saying it would be “more adventurous.” In April 2016, Droste tweeted that Grizzly Bear was finally set to record the album. Around the same time, Grizzly Bear performed at a handful of rallies for then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while members of the band also contributed to the Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead.

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Mario Maglieri, Sunset Strip's Rainbow and Whisky a Go Go Owner, Dead at 93

Mario Maglieri – an owner of famed Sunset Strip clubs Rainbow Bar and Grill, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go –  died on Thursday. He was 93.

Rainbow Bar and Grill announced the news on its Facebook page. “Dear Rainbow friends and family, it is with great sadness to announce the passing of our beloved Mario Maglieri. Owner and founder of the Rainbow Bar and Grill and the Whisky a Go Go,” the bar posted and signed it from The Rainbow & Whisky Family. “He passed this morning while surrounded by loved ones.”

Whisky a Go Go paid tribute on its marquee, which read, “Rest in Peace Mario Maglieri King of the Sunset Strip 1924 – 2017.”

Whisky a Go Go launched in 1964 and showcased countless rock acts, among them The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses. The Rainbow, which opened in 1972, became a musician hangout haven and The Roxy, which also boasts many famed performances, opened in 1973.

Slash and Steven Adler hung out at Rainbow long before Guns N’ Roses formed, as Slash wrote in his autobiography. Slash paid tribute to Maglieri on Thursday. “Lost dear old friend Mario Maglieri today,” he tweeted. “Owner of Rainbow Bar & Grill & The Whisky, he kept rock and roll alive in Hollywood. We will never forget you.”

Former GnR drummer Matt Sorum also paid his respects. “A sad day for Hollywood and the Sunset Strip,” he posted on Instagram, along with a photo of Whisky’s marquee tribute. “He fed me soup as a starving musician in the Seventies when I came to Hollywood. #RIP Mario I love you.”

Sebastian Bach wrote a tribute on Facebook. “Very sad to hear this,” he posted. “Thank you Mario Maglieri [and] Rainbow Bar and Grill for the best place in the world.”

Maglieri is survived by his wife Scarlett, son Mikeal and grandchildren Mikeal, Cheryl and Gina. A public memorial will be held at Rainbow on May 28th at 1 p.m.

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Watch Migos, Gucci Mane's Voyeuristic 'Slippery' Video

Migos and Gucci Mane filmed a home video in their Miami-set “Slippery” clip. The track is the latest single from the trio’s Culture album.

Set at a mansion pool party, the clip is told through both home videos and more pristine clips of the trio, Gucci Mane and various friends like Diddy being surrounded by a bevy of scantily clad women on yachts, in Jacuzzis, by cars and in showers. The home video clips were shot at member Quavo’s birthday party.

Migos released Culture in January and have been one of hip-hop’s busiest acts ever since. They have made guest appearances as a trio as well as solo throughout the year, including verses on Calvin Harris’ “Slide” with Frank Ocean, Sean Paul’s “Body” and Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit.” Quavo has appeared independingly on DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” alongside Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne as well as Post Malone’s “Congratulations.” This summer, the trio will open for Future on his Nobody Safe tour. 

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LiveXLive and Hangout Music Festival enter Exclusive, Multi-Year Production and Worldwide Distribution Partnership

LiveXLive (PRNewsFoto/Loton, Corp.)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Loton, Corp.’s (OTC: LIVX) subsidiary LiveXLive, the worldwide premium live music video streaming network, today announced that Hangout Music Festival has entered into an agreement with LiveXLive to produce, curate, and amplify the…


Live Nation Entertainment Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/04/Live_Nation_Entertainment_Logo.jpg?p=captionLOS ANGELES, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
Highlights (year-over-year):

Revenue Up 17% for the Quarter to $1.4 Billion
Operating Income Improves 36% for the Quarter to $(21) Million
Adjusted Operating Income Up 25% for the Quarter to $92 Million
Concert Ticket…


VOISE Ethereum Music-Sharing and Monetization Platform Announces ICO Crowdsale

VOISEBARCELONA, Spain, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — VOISE, the blockchain-based platform dedicated to artists and music lovers, has announced the launch of its Voisium tokens (VSM) crowdsale, starting May 6, 2017. The crowdsale is part of VOISE platform’s alpha stage roadmap, which includes the…


Hear Halsey's Menacing New Song 'Eyes Closed' Co-Penned By The Weeknd

Halsey debuted the sinister, dark-electro song “Eyes Closed” that’s on her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. R&B star The Weeknd co-wrote the dark, synth-y track. 

Halsey belts out one of her most soulful vocal performances on the track. The Weeknd’s style is clear throughout, even to the ominously sensual lyrical themes about having feelings for an ex-lover while in a new relationship. “Now if I keep my eyes closed, he looks just like you,” she sings on the chorus. “But he’ll never stay, they never do.”

Halsey opened for the Weeknd back in 2015 following the release of his album Beauty Behind the Madness. The younger singer is setting out on her own massive headlining tour this fall, playing arenas with opening acts Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor. Her tour kicks off on September 29th in Connecticut, and Hopeless Fountain Kingdom will be released on June 2nd.

Alongside the song’s release, Halsey sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and director Baz Luhrmann in a cathedral. She noted how films tend to influence her music including Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

“I had watched it over and over and over again,” she said, noting that she and Lurhmann had previously sat down for a three-hour brunch to talk about the influence of the film on her new songs. “One day I realized as I was getting to the thick of the rising action of the record — the moment where I’m realizing that the love is this doomed, forsaken kind of thing, I realize that that’s why I was so obsessed with the film. I felt like I was living it.”

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Joie Manda Promoted To Executive Vice President Of Interscope Geffen A&M

Joie Manda Promoted To Executive Vice President Of Interscope Geffen A&MSANTA MONICA, Calif., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —  Interscope Geffen A&M promotes Joie Manda to Executive Vice President, effective immediately, reporting to John Janick, Chairman and CEO.
Manda previously held the title of President of Urban Music for Interscope Records.  Since j…


'Total Chaos': Fyre Festival Organizers Face Third Lawsuit

A third lawsuit has been filed against the organizers of the disastrous Fyre Festival. The complaint, obtained by Rolling Stone, alleges negligence, fraud, misrepresentation and violation of consumer protection laws in all 50 states (the latter charge filed so attendees from any state can join the suit if it is certified as a class action lawsuit).

Two festivalgoers, Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello, filed the suit in New York’s federal Second District Court Sunday. Like the previous suits, Herlihy and Lauriello’s name organizers Ja Rule and Billy McFarland as defendants, though the new suit now also names Fyre Festival’s marketing director Grant Margolin.

Herlihy and Lauriello’s complaint echoes the majority of the horror stories that emerged as Fyre Festival fell apart. The pair paid $1,027 each for tickets that included travel and luxury lodging at the event, only to arrive in the Bahamas to find the festival did not have adequate food, shelter or other basic amenities. Herlihy describes the island as “total chaos,” while Lauriello witnessed “mayhem.”

The suit claims that the plaintiffs were “not only misled and defrauded by the Defendants’ false representations of the event, but also were stuck on a remote island to fend for themselves. Defendants were aware that they were in fact ill prepared for the festival, which resulted in the horrid conditions Plaintiffs and class members had to suffer through. Defendants knowingly lured attendees with false and fraudulent pretenses, in which, the festival could not compare to.”

“Our clients’ time in the Bahamas was harrowing,” Rosemary Rivas, a lawyer for Herlihy and Lauriello, tells Rolling Stone. “What was supposed to be a few days of enjoyment and entertainment on Norman’s Cay turned out to be a miserable, chaotic and unsafe experience on a different Bahamian island in an undeveloped area. We find it remarkable that the event was not cancelled earlier in light of the lack of infrastructure and improper planning. We look forward to obtaining justice for our clients and all other attendees.”

The plaintiffs also allege that they have not received the $900 and $1,000 they deposited, respectively, onto electronic wristbands to make purchases at the festival. They are also suing for additional expenses incurred after Fyre Festival was canceled. (Lauriello notes that his headphones, jeans and sneakers were stolen because the festival did not provide any security.)

With the addition of Fyre Festival’s marketing director to the list of defendants, Herlihy and Lauriello’s lawsuit also homes in on the myriad promises touted in the festival’s promotional campaign. Fittingly, the suit makes a requisite mention of Fyre’s infamous “Instagram account close-ups of bikini-clad models, yachts, and exclusive culinary experiences.” A separate lawsuit filed in California last Tuesday suggested that the models and social media “influencers” who were paid to promote the festival – including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski – could be liable as well.

Of the three lawsuits filed, it’s unclear which, if any, will be certified as a class action, or if individual ticket holders will have to file their own lawsuits.

Representatives for Fyre Festival did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

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Watch YG Heat Up Carnival in 'Pop It, Shake It' Video

Compton rapper YG heads to Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate Carnival in the new video for his DJ Mustard-produced track, “Pop It, Shake It.”

The clip finds the MC spitting his stripper anthem onstage, in the streets, at a festival ground and in the middle of the Trinidad Carnival parade. Regardless of his locale, YG remains surrounded by plenty of women twerking and dancing in their extraordinary masquerade costumes.

YG released “Pop It, Shake It” in March, notably reuniting with DJ Mustard. The pair worked closely on YG’s early projects, but had a falling out before YG began working on his 2016 LP, Still Brazy. Last summer, however, the pair announced that they were working on a new mixtape titled, 400 Summers. A release date has yet to be announced.

YG released Still Brazy last June, scoring a viral hit with his track “FDT” (or “Fuck Donald Trump”). In November, he released a new mixtape, Red Friday.

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