Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

Big Think Announces Los Angeles Hope Festival May 19-21

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Big_Think_Hope_Festival.jpg?p=captionLOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Los Angeles Hope Festival is coming to the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Blvd), Friday May 19th through Sunday May 21st and will feature great food, music, free talks by world-renowned neuroscientists, philosophers, authors, artists,…


Student's Kendrick Lamar Portrait to Hang at U.S. Capitol

A painting of Kendrick Lamar will soon be on display at the U.S. Capitol. As XXL reports, high school student Tiona Cordova’s Lamar portrait is among the winners of the 2017 Congressional Arts Competition. As a reward, her artwork will hang at the Capitol for a year.

To be considered for the competition, students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Cordova’s representative Scott Tipton unveiled Cordova’s First Place Lamar painting, which Cordova titled Utmost Appreciation, via Instagram. Cordova attends Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado.

In addition to Cordova’s Lamar artwork hanging at the Capitol, she will also be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

While a portrait of Lamar heads to D.C., the rapper will soon hit the road for his summer tour, which kicks off on July 12th in Phoenix and wraps on September 2nd in Miami. Lamar will tour in support of his fourth studio album, Damn., which he released in April.

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Denial Events, in Association With Skydeck Experiences, Presents an Exclusive Curated Adventure Under the Electric Skies of EDCLV17

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Denial_Events.jpg?p=captionLAS VEGAS, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Founded by Christian Parth, ‘The Man Who Changed America’s Social Scene,’ Denial Events has quickly become an event staple amongst nightlife’s most elite and influential trendsetters. And now with the announcement of ‘Denial Island,’ arguably th…


See Pharrell Talk Gender Equality, Education at NYU's Commencement

On Wednesday, Pharrell Williams received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from NYU and delivered the school’s commencement speech at Yankee Stadium. The former artist in residence at Tisch School of the Arts stressed the importance of gender equality and education during his inspiring speech.

Calling himself “forever a student,” he thanked the school, its students and faculty before paying respects to his mother. “I’m very grateful,” he said. “My mom is a lifelong educator, so this is gonna be a really good look for me.”

Later in his speech he emphasized the importance of gender equality and how the generation in attendance are in an historic position. “As you find ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing this generation is the first that understands that we need to lift up our women,” he said. “Imagine the possibilities when we remove imbalance from the ether, because it’s imbalanced right now. Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back.

“Your generation is unraveling deeply entrenched laws, principles and misguided values that have held women back for far too long, and therefore have held us all back – the human race. The world that you’re living [in] will be a lot better for it,” he continued. “This is the first generation that navigates the world with the security and the confidence to treat women as equal. You guys and gals are the first ever. I’m going to say that again, you guys are the first ever. Our country has never seen this before. And it makes some people uncomfortable. But still I say, just imagine the possibilities.”

He also discussed education and the need to continue to engage and inspire learning far beyond graduation. “The days of being an anonymous activist or participant are over. How can we inspire if we are only behind the scenes?” he asked. “How will an anonymous donation ever inspire another? That was the way of the previous generations. No disrespect, but don’t be like them. Let your actions serve as an endorsement for education and watch the demand rise.”

He concluded by addressing the current graduates, with rousing words that spoke to their potential. “I know that somebody out there right now, in this class, just might occupy the White House one day,” Pharrell said. “And let me be clear, not red and not blue, but maybe purple, like NYU.”

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Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Turns Childhood Room Into Touring Art Exhibit

BleachersJack Antonoff is taking his childhood bedroom on tour as a traveling art instillation. The space – part of the musician’s former New Jersey home where he lived until age 27 – will accompany Bleachers via trailer on their May and June tour dates, offering fans an immersive space to absorb Antonoff’s upcoming second LP, Gone Now.

In a statement detailing the unorthodox project, the 32-year-old Antonoff explained that “every lyric and note [he’s] ever written” has originated in the room – from his formative songs at age 12 to “recording and having band practice” at 13 to his varied musical projects as an adult.

“Started touring and would come home to this room,” he said. “Wrote all the Steel Train songs in there, started Bleachers in this room while fun. was getting bigger and I was still living there. [Bleachers’ debut LP] Strange Desire came from this room, and now … this new album.”

The songwriter elaborated on the traveling room concept – which ties into the album’s bittersweet theme of “kissing goodbye” – and teased how he actually went about removing the physical space. (He also teased an upcoming documentary demonstrating the removal process.)

“I wished I could play the album for people who care about Bleachers in this space that it is coming from and leaving,” he said. “So I removed my room. Every inch of it. Every wall, the rug, my bed, every poster and sticker. This is literally exactly how I left it … It’s a bit literal, but the only way I was going to fully move on and live what I’m trying to live on Gone Now was to remove this room and freeze it. It speaks to how badly I want to enter the next phase of my life and how impossible it is for me to let go of what’s gone. Cause with what’s gone are people…This room has seen it all as far as my life goes.”

Bleachers will launch a tour behind the LP May 20th in Chicago. Though the trek includes a handful of dates in July and August, Antonoff said he isn’t sure about his bedroom plans post-June. “I haven’t decided what will happen after that yet,” he wrote. “Come in – touch whatever you want, hear Gone Now in its birthplace and in the center of its inspiration.”

Antonoff will issue the 12-track LP on June 2nd. In crafting the album, the singer took inspiration from dark, cathartic subject matter, like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his sister’s death from cancer when he was 18.

“That loss is a filter that goes through your whole life,” told Rolling Stone. “It’s not about not moving on. It changes you. It changes your relationships, it changes how you see yourself, the way you see your work. I really wanted to be in all that as I made this album.”

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Watch Body Count's Violent New 'The Ski Mask Way' Video

A masked kingpin steals, robs and kills his way to fortune in Ice-T and Body Count’s graphic, video game-inspired video for “The Ski Mask Way,” a track off the heavy metal outfit’s new LP, Bloodlust.

The Tommy the Animator-created video was inspired by realistic and violent crime video games like the Grand Theft Auto series. The video follows the ski mask-wearing hoodlum and his gang as they empty the pockets of drug dealers, crime lords and anyone who’s flashy about their wealth on social media.

“You can’t escape me, if I want what you got/ You can’t evade me, no chance to call the cops/ I’m doing my job, this is just what I do/ You make money, I come and visit you,” Ice-T warns on the track. “I gotta get paid/ The Ski Mask Way.”

“The Ski Mask Way” follows Body Count’s similarly violent video for “Black Hoodie,” another track off their sixth album Bloodlust, which arrived in late March.

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Diversity, Engagement, Hip Hop Are Keys To Connecting With Gen Z, REVOLT Study Says

DIVERSITY, ENGAGEMENT, HIP HOP ARE KEYS TO CONNECTING WITH GEN Z, REVOLT STUDY SAYSNEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — REVOLT today announced a new research study, Gen Z & The Engagement Economy, which explores the broadest measurement of Gen Z’s media usage to date – from music streaming services, emerging social and OTT video platforms, to eSports…


Solange Knowles Pens Letter to Teenage Self

Solange Knowles is featured on the cover of the latest Teen Vogue, and instead of an interview, the singer wrote an open letter to her teenage self. This summer, Knowles will embark on a series of dates at museums and festivals around the world.

In the touching, funny letter, the now 30-year-old singer looks back on her many phases — which included being a superfan of artists like Fiona Apple, Nas and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd — while offering advice on believing in herself and creating art.

“Sometimes you push these phases to the max, and when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names,” she writes of her identity exploration during her youth. “It’s ok. One day, you will name yourself and that name will belong to you. It will not be the ones they ordained: ‘crazy, ugly, attention-seeking, weirdo.'”

Knowles goes on to acknowledge the triumphs of her mother Tina, whom she refers to as a “wonder.” The effect of watching the Knowles family matriarch take care of her kids and run a salon made the “Cranes in the Sky” singer feel “invincible” and as “fiercely independent and outgoing” as Tina.

Knowles also offers many specific anecdotes from her youth, including a near-death experience when her friends drove up a steep mountain in a snowstorm. The personal letter also recounts losing her best friend to gun violence and giving birth to her first child at age 17, making that year the hardest of her life.

Knowles released her album A Seat at the Table last fall. This week, she will perform songs from the album at the Guggenheim as part of Red Bull Music Academy

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Lovepop Partners with The Beatles

Lovepop Partners with The BeatlesBOSTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lovepop and The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. today announced that Lovepop will release exclusive popup card designs celebrating legendary moments in Beatles history. The deal was brokered by Bravado International, The Beatles North American licensing…


Grizzly Bear Preview New LP ‘Painted Ruins' With Frenetic 'Mourning Sound'

Grizzly Bear released a new song from their forthcoming fifth album, Painted Ruins. The upbeat pop-rock song “Mourning Sound” has the steady bass build of a U2 song and singer Ed Droste’s voice in the first verses sounds eerily (and wonderfully) Bono-esque. 

The Chris Taylor-produced Painted Ruins is set for release on August 18th. 

Grizzly Bear also announced their first tour in four years. The 26-date fall trek, which spans North American and Europe, launches October 5th in Dublin and concludes December 13th in L.A., Pitchfork reports.The indie-rock band last toured behind their fourth LP, 2012’s Shields, though they did perform in 2016 at a rally supporting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

In April 2015, Droste told Rolling Stone that the band was “feeling more adventurous with the sonic directions” of their new material. “[We’re] changing it up a little bit – not like, a techno dance album,” he said. “It’s in the beginning stages. Only a couple songs have started to take shape and it’s gotta be like, a good dozen or so before we get the picture.”

Painted Ruins Track List

1. “Wasted Acres”
2. “Mourning Sound”
3. “Four Cypresses”
4. “Three Rings”
5. “Losing All Sense”
6. “Aquarian”
7. “Cut-Out”
8. “Glass Hillside”
9. “Neighbors”
10. “Systole”
11. “Sky Took Hold”

Grizzly Bear 2017 Tour Dates

October 5th – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
October 6th – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
October 8th – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
October 9th – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
October 12th – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
October 13th – Utrecht, Netherlands @ TivoliVredenburg
October 14th – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
October 16th – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
November 1st – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
November 2nd – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
November 3rd – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
November 7th – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 9th – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
November 12th – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
November 14th – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 15th – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
November 16th – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
November 26th – Montréal, Quebec @ Metropolis
November 28th – Park Township, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
December 1st – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
December 3rd – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
December 7th – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
December 8th – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
December 9th – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
December 11th – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
December 13th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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