Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

Jackson Browne Honors Gregg Allman: 'He Was So Natural, So Soulful'

Jackson Browne remembered Gregg Allman as “one of the most gifted singers of the last 50 years” in a touching tribute posted to Facebook. Allman died Saturday of complications from liver cancer at the age of 69.

As Browne noted, he and Allman became friends in Los Angeles in the late Sixties, when Gregg and his brother Duane were fronting their pre-Allman Brothers outfit Hour Glass. Hour Glass recorded the Browne-penned song “Cast Off All of My Fears” for their debut album, and later Allman rearranged Jackson’s song “These Days” for his 1973 solo album, Laid Back.

“He was a blues singer first, and he was so natural, and so soulful, that when he sang songs that were written in a major scale, he found all the most soulful and expressive passages through those changes,” Browne said of Allman. “It was just how he heard it. That’s how it was with my song, ‘These Days.’ He slowed it down, and felt it deeply, and he made that song twice as good as it was before he sang it.”

Browne said he got to speak with Allman before his death and “tell him how much his music and his friendship has meant to me.” The songwriter also touched on their final collaboration, “Song for Adam,” an early Browne tune that Allman recorded for his forthcoming final album, Southern Blood.

“He and [producer] Don Was sent it to me to sing on, and I did,” Browne said. “That song, the way he sang it and where he sang it from – at the end of his life – well, he completed that song, and gave it a resonance and a gravity that could only have been put there by him.

“I will miss him,” Browne continued. “I send my deepest condolences to his family, his bands and crews, and all those who knew him and loved him.”

Browne and Allman also notably teamed for a performance of the Allman Brothers’ “Melissa” for the 2014 tribute album/concert, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman.

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Nas on Trump: 'We All Know A Racist Is in Office'

Nas offered a blunt assessment of politics, racism and activism in the era of President Donald Trump in an open letter for Mass Appeal. “We all know a racist is in office,” the rapper said. “People can talk their shit. Comedians can sound racist. People can go through their moments of that shit, but when you have the responsibility of being President and you carry on like that, you send a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain’t worth shit.”

Despite his scathing indictment of Trump, Nas was adamant that he had no time for or interest in Trump, Vice President Mike Pence or politics as a whole. Rather, he noted, he’s long been invested in how politics affects other people, and those are the issues he tackles in his music.

“My focus is on what’s happening with real people in their everyday lives,” Nas said. “How they behave, the decisions they make, and how that affects families … I speak to the everyday people. I speak to everybody. If the people are bothered by it, I speak on it. If the people are bothered and want change, I speak on that.” He added: “I move through action. My music is action. What I’m giving you through my music is my actions.”

Elsewhere, Nas ruminated on how art will thrive no matter who is in office, just as it’s important to keep fighting injustice no matter who’s in office. Nas also noted the importance of Barack Obama’s election in further realizing the American ideal that anyone can be president – or be whoever they want to be – and used his own story to call for continued perseverance in the face of Trump.

“I’m doing all the things I ever dreamed of, even though there was a Ronald Reagan, even though there was laws that ruthlessly destroyed the black community, put tons of us in prison on trumped-up charges, and put us in jail for a long time over crimes that other people get a smack on the hand for,” Nas said. He then closed his letter: “If I could do that then, now we can save many more, ya dig? Especially in this day and age with all the resources we have, all the information of the Information Age, And that’s whether Trump’s in office or not. So, I don’t got time for lippin’. I got time for actions. Anytime I’m speaking it’s action.”

Along with posting his open letter Tuesday, Nas announced a co-headlining tour with Lauryn Hill this fall. The trek kicks off September 7th in Chicago and wraps October 11th in Vancouver. 

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Hear Rancid's Boisterous New Song 'Where I'm Going'

Rancid unveiled a rollicking, ska-inspired new song, “Where I’m Going,” off their upcoming album Trouble Maker, out June 9th.

Over a swift rocksteady vamp of light guitar chords and organ plunks, singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong growls a set of defiant verses while the rest of the band joins him for a rousing gang vocal chorus: “You see, you don’t understand where I am or where I’ve been or where I’m going!” At its boisterous peak, “Where I’m Going” spirals into a raucous breakdown of dueling organ and guitar solos.

“Where I’m Going” follows previously released Trouble Maker tracks “Ghost of a Chance” and “Telegraph Avenue,” the latter a tribute to the rebellious spirit of Rancid’s hometown, Berkeley, California.

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. The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will open through August 9th, while the Selector and 7 Seconds’ Kevin Seconds will serve as support through August 26th. 

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Robin Walenta of West Music Presents the Best Communities for Music Education Award to Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley in Washington, D.C.

CORALVILLE, Iowa, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, Robin Walenta, President and CEO of West Music presented Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley with a flag in representation of the two school districts in Iowa that were recognized as the Best Communities for…


Watch Mike Will Made-It's Wild Desert Trip Video With Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd join producer Mike Will Made-It for an outrageous desert trip in the surreal new video for “Perfect Pint.” The track appears on Mike Will’s new album, Ransom 2.

The Nabil-directed clip is filled with shades of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, with Mike Will and Rae Sremmurd speeding across a desert highway where giant turtles, pills and UFOs tumble from the sky. Even Gucci Mane floats down from the cosmos as a larger-than-life astronaut, while Kendrick joins in his own flying low-rider. The “Perfect Pint” clip closes with a giant Kendrick kicking around some medieval knights while a unicorn floats across the sky, Rae Sremmurd sink into the sand and Mike Will grabs their styrofoam cup and walks into the psychedelic mayhem.

Mike Will released Ransom 2 in March. The album follows his 2014 LP, Ransom. Along with “Perfect Pint,” the record features collaborations with Rihanna, YG, 21 Savage, Migos, Big Sean, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Pharrell and more.

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China Anne McClain Takes Charge In The New Song 'What's My Name' From 'Descendants 2' Debuting Thursday, June 1 On Radio Disney

BURBANK, Calif., May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — China Anne McClain will take over Radio Disney for the premiere of the commanding, feet stomping single “What’s My Name” from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants 2,” on THURSDAY, JUNE 1 (5:00 p.m., ET). The pop/R&B…


LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy: 'We're Done With the Record'

LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy confirmed that the band’s long-awaited new album is finished in a post on Facebook. “I’ve been wrangling the fastest route between final mix and record release for the past few weeks so that there isn’t such a lag, and I think it’ll be soon,” Murphy said. “Six weeks is the very fastest, I think, but it will likely be longer than that.”

Murphy noted the as-yet-untitled record has been mixed and mastered, and he’s currently finalizing album art and proofreading lyrics and credits. At the beginning of May, LCD Soundsystem shared two album cuts, “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” which they subsequently performed on Saturday Night Live.

The songs marked LCD Soundsystem’s first since 2015’s “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” a surprise single that preceded the group’s 2016 reunion tour. Their forthcoming album will follow 2010’s This Is Happening, which was expected to be their last. LCD announced that they were at work on a new album when they embarked on their 2016 tour and the record is slated to arrive about a year-and-a-half later – but Murphy still apologized for the wait. “Sorry it took so long, honestly,” he said. “I didn’t think it would, but I, once again, underestimated the distractions inherent in touring and living a ‘life.'”

In the post, Murphy also noted that the new LCD Soundsystem record would be the last to be recorded at the original DFA Studios. The Manhattan space has served as the home base for LCD Soundsystem and other artists on Murphy’s DFA Records for years, but the label was forced to close the studio after the building that housed it was sold.

“There’s a lot to digest for me,” Murphy said. “I’ve been there nearly 20 years now, and I wasn’t a particularly young man when it opened, so there’s that.”

LCD Soundsystem will play several festivals throughout the summer. In a previous Facebook post, Murphy said the band is also planning additional live dates, though they were still figuring out logistics such as locations, venue size and ways to ensure scalpers don’t snatch too many tickets.

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Bryson Tiller Plots 'Set It Off' Tour

Bryson Tiller will embark on a North American tour in support of his new album, True to Self, August 3rd at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The Set It Off trek will feature support from R&B singer H.E.R. and producer Metro Boomin.

Tiller’s extensive itinerary includes a two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The tour closes September 16th with a homecoming show at the KFC! Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to the trek, Tiller will perform a handful of international festivals and headline one night of the BET Experience in Los Angeles, June 23rd alongside DJ Khaled, Jhené Aiko, Jidenna, Khalid, They and H.E.R.

Tiller surprise-released True to Self last Friday, a month ahead of its expected June arrival. The album follows his 2015 breakout, Trapsoul. Tiller spent much of 2016 touring and recording, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone explained how performing live informed True to Self‘s “more upbeat” sound.

“The first time around, I had never performed before,” Tiller said. “I’d never been in a lot of clubs and heard how my music sounded in these venues … I don’t want it to be a long slow concert, dull and boring, so I’ve got a lot of upbeat production on this one.”

Set It Off Tour Dates

August 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
August 5 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
August 6 – New Orleans, LA @ Lakefront Arena
August 8 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
August 9 – Austin, TX @ Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center
August 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide Event Center
August 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
August 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 18 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
August 19 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
August 20 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
August 23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 25 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
August 29 – Miami, FL @ Watsco Center at the University of Miami
August 30 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
September 1 – Richmond, VA @ The Classic Amphitheater
September 2 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
September 3 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU Constant Convocation Center
September 6 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
September 7 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
September 8 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
September 9 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
September 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann Center
September 13 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
September 14 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
September 15 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
September 16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

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Blood On The Dance Floor Releases Sequel to "Bewitched" with "Love Like VooDoo"

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