Daily Archives: May 16, 2017

Composer Stephen Schwartz Celebrated With ASCAP Founders Award At 2017 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

ASCAP Logo (PRNewsfoto/ASCAP)LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, toasted the composers of the most performed music in TV, film and video games last night at the 32nd annual…

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Ticket Vendor Tablelist Sues Fyre Festival Organizers for $3.5 Million

The ticketing vendor Tablelist has filed the latest lawsuit against the organizers of Fyre Festival, Billboard reports. The Boston-based start-up is seeking $3.5 million to refund its customers, claiming the promoters of the disastrous event in the Bahamas have yet to repay “a penny” to clients.

The suit was filed in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston and names Fyre organizers Billy McFarland and Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins, marketing director Grant Margolin and financial backer Carola Jain as defendants. They are accused of breach of contract and fraudulently deceiving Tablelist and ticket purchasers.

“We filed suit only after it became apparent to us that those behind Fyre Festival weren’t being square with us or our customers,” Tableist CEO Julian Jung tells Rolling Stone in a statement. “I understand the anger that so many ticket purchasers feel. In fact, we share their anger and outrage. We are convinced that McFarland and the Fyre team weren’t simply incompetent in hosting the event. We believe that they went into this project with intent to defraud us, the ticket purchasers and countless other vendors. 

“The scope of the vision that they created in pitching this event to us was far too broad and polished, and in such contrast to reality that it had to be an intentional ploy to deceive,” Jung adds. “We hope the courts will agree and hold them accountable … I am devastated that McFarland and Fyre could potentially crush all we’ve done with this cynical act of greed and hubris.”

A representative for Fyre Festival did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While Tablelist is an app that helps users secure tickets to and tables at top-tier nightclubs, its lawsuit mirrors the language of the many other complaints filed against Fyre Fest. For instance, Tablelist accused Fyre organizers of conducting “a fraudulent, highly orchestrated scheme” and called out the festival’s infamous marketing campaign, which the company said convinced them to partner with Fyre.

Per Tablelist, Fyre organizers claimed they were “well-organized and well-funded, pointing to high-profile celebrity endorsements, headlining musical acts, significant sponsorship deals, and held a competitive bid process for the ticketing vendor role.”

Tablelist claims they sold over $3.5 million in tickets and VIP packages, the majority of which they handed over to Fyre Festival. The company retained 10 percent in escrow in case of any credit card chargebacks, refunds or transaction fees – though that amount apparently falls far short of what’s needed to refund the countless attendees trying to get their money back. After Fyre fell apart, Tablelist demanded the festival return the money from ticket sales, but claim organizers have yet to follow through on their promise to refund all attendees in full.

On top of the $3.5 million for refunds, Tablelist is also seeking damages to its business, claiming they had to lay off 40 percent of their workforce in order to focus on litigation against Fyre Fest.

Along with Tablelist’s lawsuit, Fyre Festival organizers are facing multiple potential class action lawsuits filed by individual attendees – including one spearheaded by celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos – and one from the company that was hired to provide medical services at the festival.

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Watch Royal Blood's Furious New 'Hook, Line and Sinker' Video

British hard rock duo Royal Blood bash out their bruising new track, “Hook, Line and Sinker,” in the video for the latest offering off their upcoming LP, How Did we Get So Dark?

Ben Lowe directed the frenetic clip, which captures Royal Blood’s riveting live show as it jumps between shots of the band raging onstage to their rapturous, head-banging audience. “Hook, Line and Sinker” finds bassist/singer Mike Kerr matching his vocal melodies to an array of maddening, blues-tinged riffs while drummer Ben Thatcher kicks out a stomping beat.

“Hook, Line and Sinker” follows Royal Blood’s previously released single, “Lights Out.” How Did We Get So Dark? follows Royal Blood’s 2014 self-titled debut and is set to arrive June 16th. The duo began recording the LP in Brussels last November with producer Joylon Thomas and finished it in London with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

Royal Blood will tour throughout the summer in support of How Did We Get So Dark? The duo will kick off a short U.S. run June 2nd in Boston, while a second North American leg is scheduled to begin July 29th with a gig at the WayHome Music Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. Royal Blood will play several U.S. festivals as well, including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands

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Tom Morello, Thurston Moore Contribute to Chelsea Manning Benefit Compilation

Tom Morello, Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Against Me! and more contributed songs to a new benefit compilation, Hugs for Chelsea, celebrating Chelsea Manning‘s release from prison. Manning’s friend and activist Evan Greer organized the compilation, with proceeds going directly to Manning to help her cover basic living expenses as she returns to the free world Wednesday after seven years of incarceration.

Hugs for Chelsea also includes contributions from Amanda Palmer, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, Priests, Kimya Dawson and Sammus. While the majority of the comp comprises previously released material, it also includes unreleased tracks from Ted Leo, Screaming Females and Mirah. Greer also plans to keep adding songs to Hugs for Chelsea.

Several songs on Hugs for Chelsea are specifically about Manning, who, in 2013, was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks (former President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January). Thurston Moore’s “Chelsea’s Kiss” is a benefit track the former Sonic Youth rocker released in 2016, while Graham Nash shared “Almost Gone” – a collaboration with James Raymond – in 2013 to protest the particularly harsh conditions of Manning’s incarceration.

“Chelsea Manning is one of my heroes,” Nash said. “Anyone that has the courage to disturb the ‘status quo,’ to ‘rock the boat’ as she did is very brave and what she did was show some truth to the American people about what the government was doing in our name.”

“As a transgender artist who fights for my community, it’s hard to overstate the impact that Chelsea has had by sharing herself with the world,” Greer tells Rolling Stone. “From her legal battles for access to hormones and appropriate clothing items to her highly publicized hunger strike, Chelsea fought for all trans people and secured victories that will benefit so many of us.”

“She’s been through so much and she needs our support,” Michael Stipe added in a video promoting the project. “[Proceeds from the album will] help cover her basic needs as she transitions our of seven years of incarceration.”

Along with Hugs for Chelsea, Greer and Manning’s attorney, Chase Strangio, have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise additional funds for Manning.

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'Live From Gramercy Park' Cabaret Concert Series Available on Performing Arts Streaming Service Cennarium

CennariumNEW YORK, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For almost 130 years, the performances at New York’s exclusive private club The Players have been accessible only to a select group of artists and influencers from the performing arts world. Now for the first time, a series of live performances have…

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Watch Miley Cyrus' Stripped-Down 'Malibu' Performance

Miley Cyrus performed a moving acoustic rendition of her new single “Malibu” on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Tuesday.

Cyrus easily flipped the breezy pop-rock track into an unplugged gem featuring the twangy interplay of two acoustic guitars. But Cyrus’ vocals remained at the forefront as she delivered the smoky verses and choruses of “Malibu” and paraded about an array of impressive vocal runs.

Cyrus also spoke with host Elvis Duran about her new single, noting the song’s lovestruck lyrics aren’t necessarily about a relationship, but rather self-care. “It can so easily be generalized into a love song,” Cyrus said. “I had to really heal myself individually, and then this song – about finding a new love with an old love, maybe you’re finding a new freedom – is also about individuality and the freedom in that. And realizing that certain doors lead you to one place you never imagined you would be, and if that can be through a person, that’s really awesome.”

“Malibu” marked a stark sonic shift for Cyrus, who returned to her rock and country roots after her hip-hop-heavy 2013 effort, Bangerz, and her 2015 psychedelic trip with the Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz. The track will appear on Cyrus’ as-yet-untitled LP, which is expected to arrive later this year. Cyrus recorded her new album with producer/multi-instrumentalist Oren Yoel.

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Hear Rancid Honor Berkeley Activism on Electrifying 'Telegraph Avenue'

Rancid honor the rebellious spirit of their hometown, Berkeley, California, on their new track, “Telegraph Avenue.” The song will appear on the punk outfit’s upcoming album, Trouble Maker, out June 9th. 

Like the video for their first Trouble Maker offering, “Ghost of a Chance,” Rancid tear through “Telegraph Avenue” in a simple basement setting. Singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong opens the song with recollections of his teenage years hanging out and playing music on the titular street, which runs from Downtown Oakland to the edge of the University of California, Berkeley campus. In the second and third verses, Armstrong sings about the Free Speech Movement and anti-Vietnam War protests that gripped the school and city in the Sixties, referencing activist Mario Savio and then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.

“The ones who stand for freedom of speech/ Well this one goes out to you/ Well I can still hear your voice/ On Telegraph Avenue,” Armstrong sings, before the rest of Rancid joins him for one last round of rousing gang vocals.

Trouble Maker marks Rancid’s ninth album and follows their 2014 LP, …Honor Is All We Know. Rancid will embark on a massive tour this summer with the Dropkick Murphys starting July 27th in Bangor, Maine. 

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CheapOair Partners with Damien Escobar for Trip and VIP Concert Giveaway

CheapOair logo (PRNewsfoto/CheapOair)NEW YORK, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CheapOair, a leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, has partnered with Damien Escobar, a two-time Emmy Award-winning violinist, to give one lucky fan and a guest the chance to see Escobar perform live at the iconic, art-deco Wiltern Theatre on…

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Thundercat Plots Lengthy World Tour

After finishing a tour that took him around North America and Europe this spring, Thundercat announced a slew of new headlining dates on Tuesday. The singer and accomplished bass player is performing in support of his recently released Drunk album, which featured contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Michael McDonald.

Thundercat’s latest schedule of gigs is dizzying. He starts the run on May 29th at the Movement Festival in Detroit, where he will be an outlier on a bill dominated by techno innovators. He then heads across the Atlantic for several shows in June, visits the West Coast of the U.S. in July and skips back overseas to London and Japan before returning to America for a traditional loop around the country in August, September and October. He finishes the tour with a few more European dates in November.

Tickets for most of the newly announced North American shows go on sale on Friday, May 19th at 10 a.m. local time. 

Thundercat put out Drunk in February. “I think one thing that playing an instrument has provided me is having a conversation, and have it not be contrived as shit,” he told Rolling Stone in February. “I’ve tried to communicate. But at the end of the day it’s still for you to understand something: understand that the world is bigger than you.”

Thundercat Tour Dates

May 29 – Detroit, MI @ Movement Electronic Music Fest
June 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Roots Picnic
June 5 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip
June 17 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar Festival
June 18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
June 20 – Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
June 22 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena Open Air
June 24 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
June 25 – Chicago, IL @ Mamby On The Beach
July 14 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre * w/ Beck
July 16 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival
July 21 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
July 23 – London, UK @ Afropunk
July 30 – Yuzawa, Japan @ Fuji Rock
August 11 – San Francisco @ Outside Lands Festival
August 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Festival
August 30 – Tuscon, AZ @ Club Congress
August 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
September 2 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
September 5 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State Universtiy
September 6 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
September 11 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
September 12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
September 14 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden
September 15 – Mishawaka, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
September 16 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
September 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
September 20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
September 21 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion @ Krannert Center
September 25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
September 29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
October 3 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
October 4 – Columbia, SC @ Music Farm
October 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
October 7 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
October 8 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
October 10 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
October 13 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
November 14 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
November 15 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
November 16 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
November 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
November 19 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Roma
November 21 – Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre

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Hear Courtney Barnett's New Deadpan Rocker 'How to Boil an Egg'

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett unveiled a jangly new deadpan rocker, “How to Boil an Egg.” The stand-alone track is available digitally and will be released physically via the Split Singles Club, a collaboration between Barnett and Jen Cloher’s Milk! Records and another Australian indie label, Bedroom Suck. A limited number of subscriptions for the Club are still available.

“How to Boil an Egg” is an old track that Barnett reworked and recorded as part of a studio experiment in which she played every instrument. The musician imbues her gritty guitar tone with an extra bit of twang and swing to match the shuffle-and-stomp percussion, while her vocals remain weary and her lyrics self-conscious and darkly clever. “Pull yourself together, pick myself apart,” Barnett sings. “Nothing lost for never, so be still my bleeding heart/ Oh, I’ve been dreaming/ Dreaming of a brand new start.”

“I used to perform this song at all the open mics when I was 21,” Barnett said of “How to Boil an Egg.” “It never got recorded, so for personal posterity I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doin some demos for my next album. In tradition of the Milk! Records compilation releases, like ‘Pickles From The Jar’ or ‘Three Packs A Day,’ I wanted to include a song of mine for Split Singles Club that was a tad left of album-center. It’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else.”

Barnett released her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, in 2015. The record earned her a surprise Grammy nomination for Best New Artist

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