Daily Archives: June 12, 2017

Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Plot All-Star Concert

Farm Aid, the annual charity concert that has raised over $50 million since its 1985 inaugural show, is set to take place September 16th at Burgettstown, Pennsylvania’s KeyBank Pavilion. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will perform in addition to Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots. 

“Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” Nelson said in a statement. “What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together.”

The event will mark Young’s first performance (discounting a brief, impromptu harmonica jam with Willie Nelson at Stagecoach in April) since the Bridge School Benefit last October. Since then, he cancelled a planned Australian tour and kept a relatively low profile, though he recently held a recording session with composer Chris Walden who he worked with on 2014’s Storytone. Instagram photos showed them working on a song entitled “Children of Destiny,” with Micah Nelson also present at the session.

Farm Aid was last held in Burgettstown (about 25 miles west of Pittsburgh) in 2002. Last year, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performed at the event. “There’s a revolution starting!” Young told the crowd. “It’s called eating good food that your neighbors made for you. Let the earth bring us all together, back to the roots. Eat good food. You don’t need the drugs anymore. It took us a long time to get this far. We have a long way to go. But with people like you, we’re going to make it!”

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd at 10 a.m.

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Farm Aid's Music And Food Festival Travels To Pittsburgh Area Sept. 16

PITTSBURGH, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, June 23.
“Family farm agriculture is the heart of…


See Jack White Cameo in Trailer for Netflix Stand-Up Special

Jack White cameos in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix stand-up special Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time, with the rocker and the comedian offering a faux-pitch for the special.

“What about a guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing, is completely out of his element, unattractive, probably not that funny… what would that be like?” White asks in the trailer.

After Scovel showcases his talents in a few clips, White reappears in the trailer to ask producers to place the comedian on a separate couch. 

Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time, which comes to Netflix on June 20th, was recorded at White’s Third Man Records, Laugh Button reports.

As Stereogum notes, White and Scovel have some history: In 2013, the comedian first recorded a stand-up set at Third Man Records, which later released that performance through White’s label.

At the time, Scovel explained in an interview that he saw White at a “random burger place in Tennessee” and handed the rocker one of his comedy CDs. A year later, White recruited Scovel to lay down what became Rory Scovel Live at Third Man.

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Alice Cooper Announces New Album 'Paranormal'

Alice Cooper has announced his new album Paranormal, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer’s first studio album since 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

The 10-track Paranormal, produced by Cooper’s longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, features guest musicians like ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.

Paranormal is also accompanied by a bonus disc featuring two new recordings the “King of Shock Rock” made with the original Alice Cooper band, “Genuine American Girl” and “You and All of Your Friends.” Those two songs mark the first time Cooper and his former band mates recorded together since the Seventies.

The bonus disc also includes six of Cooper’s greatest hits recorded live with his new backing band at a May 2016 concert in Columbus, Ohio.

On Friday, Cooper debuted Paranormal‘s first single “Paranoiac Personality” on his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show:

“My definition of paranormal is something that is ‘other than normal’ or ‘alongside of normal’,” Cooper said in a statement. “You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That’s what gets people’s attention. They’d listen to our music and see our show and say, ‘That’s so strange…oh yeah, that’s so Alice.”

Paranormal is due out July 28th. The album is available to pre-order in a variety of formats now, with a limited run of blood-red vinyl exclusively pressed for independent record shops.

Paranormal Track List

1. “Paranormal”
2. “Dead Flies”
3. “Fireball”
4. “Paranoiac Personality”
5. “Fallen In Love”
6. “Dynamite Road”
7. “Private Public Breakdown”
8. “Holy Water”
9. “Rats”
10. “The Sound of A”

New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. “Genuine American Girl”
12. “You And All Of Your Friends”

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
14. “Under My Wheels”
15. “Billion Dollar Babies”
16. “Feed My Frankenstein”
17. “Only Women Bleed”
18. “School’s Out”

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KIDZ BOP Extends 2017 "Best Time Ever" Tour With Live Nation

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New Orleans Saints Players Cameron Jordan And Mark Ingram Showcase Their Talents During Fun 'Lip Sync Battle' For Charity Aboard Carnival Dream

MIAMI, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — New Orleans Saints players Cameron Jordan and Mark Ingram channeled their inner rock stars as they participated in the first-ever “Lip Sync Battle” for charity to a packed house yesterday aboard Carnival Dream while the ship was docked at the Port of…


Moby Releases Free LP, Fake Trump Press Statement

Moby released a new album, More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse, as a free download. The songwriter-producer announced the project with a fake press release “from the desk of John Miller” – the fictional publicist whom Donald Trump invented to chat with reporters on the phone in the 1980s. 

The statement utilizes President Trump’s often-mocked verbal style and Twitter shorthand, including his propensity for insults:

“The moby artist, who is old and sad, is putting out albums number 2 with the void pacific choirs – apparently “MORE FAST SONGS ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE,” the release opens. “i can’t say i like it but it’s there. they made album #1 last year before my boss, donald j. trump (who is a real person, just like me) became the president of the united states.”

The “publicist” also references the January report that Moby declined Trump’s invitation to DJ the presidential inauguration: “moby artist was invited to inauguration (BIGGEST) but he didn’t.”

“Miller” criticizes Moby’s new album as “very noisy,” accuses the electronic innovator of “[hating] America” and calls him an “idiot” for releasing the album for free. “apocalypse?” the statement continues. “i don’t see real horsies anywhere? SAD.”

Last May, The Washington Post leaked – and annotated – a lengthy, hilarious phone conversation between “Miller” and reporter Sue Carswell from 1991. As Moby’s press release notes, both Stephen Colbert and John Oliver satirized the fake publicist story.

The day before Trump’s inauguration, Moby released a video for Void Pacific Choir track “Erupt and Matter,” which blends footage of political unrest and clips of numerous political figures, including President Trump. More Fast Songs is Moby’s second LP with the Void Pacific Choir.

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The Weeknd Provides Shot of Adrenaline to Close Out Bonnaroo 2017

If there’s one thing we know about the Weeknd from hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Party Monster,” it’s that he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t go down until the sun comes up. Naturally, the Canadian alternative-R&B crooner fit right in with the Bonnaroo crowd, closing the festival with a headlining set of earth-shaking bangers and seductive sad-boy jams.

The 75-minute set was a last hurrah for thousands of Bonnaroovians who’d braved four days of performances, EDM sets that could lasted beyond 3:00 a.m and the Tennessee heat. Many exhausted festivalgoers looked like they couldn’t feel their faces or their legs, but the Weekend was like an adrenaline shot. As soon as the centerpiece of the singer’s stage show – a gigantic, shape-shifting suspended triangle made of steel and LED lights that shot off bursts of pyro – came to life, so did the crowd. The singer received a huge welcome as he made his entrance with an opening “Starboy.”

The crowd turned into a wheat-field-in-a-windstorm sea of bouncing bodies and roof-raising hands, swaying to a grinding version of “Six Feet Under.” With smoothed-out beats and a suave falsetto that never falters, the Weeknd, even during the more lit moments, brought a refreshing element of chill to a day of aggressive sets from the likes of Travis Scott, Skepta and Flatbush Zombies. Momentary pandemonium broke out when someone set off a fire extinguisher in the middle of the Flatbush moshpit earlier in the day, and Scott all but drowned out simultaneous tent stage performances with a punishingly loud Which Stage show.

But one of the bummers of the fest-closing Weeknd set is that it didn’t feature any guest appearances, especially since collaborators Travis Scott and Belly appeared earlier in the day. Not that the Weeknd couldn’t carry the show on his own: Watching the colors rain down as festivalgoers threw glow sticks into the air by the handful and two fireworks shows erupted overhead during victory-lap hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” was a great way to watch the 16th Bonnaroo go out.

The Weeknd Set List
“Party Monster”
“Six Feet Under”
“Low Life”
“Might Not”
“Or Nah”
“Tell Your Friends”
“Wicked Games”
“Earned It”
“In the Night”
“Can’t Feel My Face”
“I Feel It Coming”
“The Hills”

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Watch the 1975 Honor Manchester Mayor With 'Moment of Noise'

The 1975 honored the mayor of Manchester and some of the British city’s police officers Saturday during the band’s set at Manchester’s Parklife Festival.

“We’ve got a real mayor here. He’s said everything that needs to be said,” singer Matt Healy said of Andy Burnham after welcoming the mayor onstage, nearly three weeks after a terror attack at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people following an Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd.

After Grande’s One Love Manchester on June 4th, the Parklife fest offered Mancunians another opportunity to heal from the tragedy and return to normalcy.

“We’ve all spent a lot of time mourning, since what happened,” Healy added. “But this is a music festival and we’ve had a lot of silence. Now, we’ve decided we don’t wanna have a moment of silence. We want to do a moment of noise.”

Healy then asked the crowd to, as the mayor and officers departed the stage, have “a minute of going fucking mental,” which resulted in a cacophony of cheers and screams from the audience.

Watch video of the tribute below:

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Grammy Award-Winning Musician Nile Rodgers To Be Honored At 2017 Silver Hill Hospital Giving Hope Gala

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