Daily Archives: September 6, 2017

Watch Lady Gaga's Personal New 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Trailer

Lady Gaga has unveiled a new teaser trailer for her forthcoming Gaga: Five Foot Two documentary. The clip premiered at Air Canada Centre in Toronto preceding her show on Wednesday.

The trailer takes viewers behind the scenes as the mega pop star interacts with fans and paparazzi, shops at Walmart and prepares for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. “I’m going to fight like fucking hell for them to love this,” she says before she performs.

Interspersed between scenes of her in public settings, there are also more intimate moments shared where she gets a tattoo, is seen in a studio and hugs Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine. She also smokes a blunt. “Let’s get stoned in grandma’s car,” she tells the camera. One of the more personal scenes is filmed as she’s getting a painful looking procedure done during a doctor visit.

Gaga: Five Foot Two, a Netflix original documentary, was directed by Chris Moukarbel. The cinema verité-styled film was shot as she recorded and released 2016’s Joanne and addresses her personal struggles. It premieres at Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, before it makes its Netflix debut on September 22nd.

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Josh Groban returns to the concert stage for celebration of The Broad Stage 10th Season Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Josh Groban Credit: Brian Bowen SmithSANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California presents the multiplatinum singer and songwriter Josh Groban, at The Broad Stage’s intimate 499-seat venue. The concert will be headlining The Broad Stage’s 10th Season Gala on…

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Dave Grohl Reveals Justin Timberlake as Mystery Foo Fighters Collaborator

Dave Grohl revealed that Justin Timberlake is the long-hyped mystery “pop star” collaborator featured on the Foo Fighters‘ upcoming ninth LP, Concrete and Gold.

Grohl detailed this unexpected collision of hard-rock and mainstream pop in Rolling Stone‘s new, in-depth cover profile, noting that Timberlake often hung out with the band during downtime between their respective recording sessions at L.A.’s EastWest studios. 

“We’d drink whiskey in the parking lot,” said the Foo Fighters frontman. “He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, ‘Can I sing on your record? I don’t want to push it, but – I just want to be able to tell my friends.'”

Timberlake’s contribution amounted to “la la la” vocals on one track, but Grohl was adamant that his new friend “nailed” the part. “I’m telling you, the guy’s going somewhere,” he joked.

Grohl first teased the collaboration in June, mysteriously telling BBC Radio 1 that the world’s “biggest pop star” sang backup on one of the album’s “heaviest songs.” The following month, the guitarist walked back that description a bit, explaining to Rolling Stone, “This person, I think, more than [just a pop star].”

“I’d be amazed if anyone can really figure it out,” he added. “But it was great and this person’s been around a long time. And I think I’ve met this person maybe a few times, but I’d never spent time with this person, and we had a blast together. Really fucking fun. And [he or she is] very talented – more so than I ever knew. But, of course, I fucking ran my mouth off; now I have to answer to it every time I pick up the telephone and I’m like, ‘Fuck! I shouldn’t have said anything.'”

Timberlake isn’t the only major cameo on Concrete and Gold: Paul McCartney plays drums on one track. “Even if it had been banjo, I think I probably would have showed up,” the former Beatle told Rolling Stone of his jovial session.

Concrete and Gold, out September 15th, also includes guest spots from the Bird and the Bee’s Inara George, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman, among others.

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Hip-Hop Family Tree: Nicki Minaj's New York City

Born Onika Maraj in Trinidad before moving to Queens, New York as a child, Nicki Minaj harbored artistic ambitions early in her life, and attended Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School – the performing arts academy made famous in the movie Fame. After graduation, she toiled on the fringes of New York’s music community. Her first break came when she worked with Full Force, the veteran R&B group and production team responsible for hits by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, James Brown, UTFO and many others. She briefly performed in Hood$tars, a pop-rap group led by Full Force member Bowlegged Lou’s son, Lou$tar. (It’s also where she met her former fiancée, Safaree Samuels.) She built her reputation through rugged freestyle performances on hood platforms like Smack DVD and The Come Up. It was on the latter where Lil Wayne discovered her, and he began mentoring her.

Nicki Minaj spent the next two years honing her style and image. She spit rhymes alongside street acts like Maino, Hell Rell, Red Café, Ransom, Jadakiss, Ron Browz, Stack Bundles, French Montana, and Gravy. She traveled to Atlanta and recorded songs with Gucci Mane, an experience she’d later say was crucial to her development, as well as Soulja Boy, Yung Joc. In the process, she evolved from a hardcore New York spitter to a polymorphous, unpredictable artist that experiments with vocal tone and multiple identities. Her breakthrough arrived with her third mixtape, 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty, which generated her first Billboard charting hit, “I Get Crazy,” and found her working with Lil Wayne’s Young Money team like Drake, Jae Millz, and Weezy himself. An appearance on Birdman’s Priceless paired her with the pioneering rapper Lil Kim.

Thanks to Beam Me Up Scotty, as well as the Young Money crew album We Are Young Money, Nicki Minaj became one of the hottest rappers in the music industry. She landed big pop collaborations with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and Mariah Carey. But she also bolstered her hip-hop credentials with standout verses for Kanye West, Ludacris, Trina, Fabolous, and Big Sean. She released sonically diverse multi-platinum albums like Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and The Pinkprint, and held her own with Cam’ron and Nas. Like those two icons in their heyday, Nicki Minaj can make a claim to being the biggest rapper in New York, even though her successful forays into mainstream pop and EDM meant that she often doesn’t get proper recognition for her trailblazing hip-hop career.

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Watch Shawn Mendes' Triumphant, Live 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back'

Shawn Mendes gives a triumphant performance of his hit song, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” in the song’s live concert video. The singer-songwriter recently performed the track at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The live video was filmed at the Paris stop of his Illuminate World Tour in May. As Mendes gleefully strums his acoustic guitar, the packed audience sings along to every word. The Illuminate single is currently Number Six on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mendes released his sophomore album last year. The LP has three Top 20 singles. “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and lead single “Treat You Better” even cracked the Top 10. Mendes wrapped the North American leg of his world tour in August and will resume with dates in South America, Oceania and Asia this fall. Before the tour picks back up, Mendes will help relaunch MTV’s Unplugged franchise with an acoustic show filmed in Los Angeles. 

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12-year-old college student, Adrian Romoff, to debut at Lincoln Center on Sept. 16

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Adrian Romoff, a 12-year-old piano virtuoso and Bard College at Simon’s Rock sophomore, will make his Lincoln Center debut Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.
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Watch Beck's Hallucinatory Video for Slick New Song 'Up All Night'

Beck released a fantastical video for “Up All Night,” his new single from upcoming 13th LP, Colors, out October 13th. The video, directed by Canada, is about a superhero teenager (Solene Rigot) facing increasingly bizarre obstacles as she rescues her passed-out friend (Pedro Attenborough) at a party. 

“Up All Night” is Beck’s fourth preview from Colors, following “Dear Life,” “Wow” and “Dreams.” The track, like its predecessors, slots into a slick, experimental pop mode that contrasts with the country-folk palette of his Grammy-winning 2014 LP, Morning Phase. “Just wanna stay up all night with you,” Beck sings over a crisp drum groove. An earlier version of the song appeared on EA Sports’ FIFA 17 Soundtrack

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Beck explained that he and producer Greg Kurstin had already been working on Colors for two years by the time Morning Phase won the Grammy Album of the Year. He chalked up the new LP’s delayed release to its radio-friendly pop style, which warranted meticulous construction. 

“These are complex songs all trying to do two or three things at once,” he said. “It’s not retro and not modern. To get everything to sit together so it doesn’t sound like a huge mess was quite an undertaking.”

Beck recently wrapped a headlining North American tour. He’s currently opening for U2’s Joshua Tree Tour.

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Hear Primus' Eerie New Song 'The Scheme' From Upcoming LP

Primus released a creepy new song, “The Scheme,” from their upcoming ninth LP, The Desaturating Seven.

Les Claypool anchors the track with his signature, elastic bass line. Guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde builds tension with his jerky, palm-muted riffs and dissonant interludes. Drummer Tim Alexander holds down a marching groove with heavy kick drum pulses and cymbal smacks.

“The Scheme” is Primus’ second tease of The Desaturating Seven, out September 29th. The band released lead single “The Seven,” which recalls Discipline-era King Crimson, upon announcing the LP.

The album, which follows the band’s 2014 reimagining of the Willy Wonka soundtrack, is their first set of original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde – and first recorded by the trio of Claypool, LaLonde and Alexander since 1995’s Tales From the Punchbowl.

The Desaturating Seven is based on Italian writer and illustrator Ul de Rico’s trippy 1978 children’s book, The Rainbow Goblins, which Claypool’s wife originally showed him years ago. 

“I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music,'” the bassist recently told Rolling Stone. “As I’m getting older, I’m realizing I need to start knocking some of these things off my list. So we did the Willy Wonka soundtrack a couple years back, and this was a project I wanted to do.”

Primus will launch a U.S. fall tour on October 20th in San Antonio, Texas. 

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Clean Air Council to Host 12th Annual Greenfest Philly Celebration, Creating Most Environmentally-friendly Event to Date

Clean Air Council's 12th annual Greenfest Philly presented by Toyota Hybrids returns September 10 to Bainbridge Green.PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Clean Air Council announced today that the organization’s 2017 Greenfest Philly presented by Toyota Hybrids will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time ever, the event will be held at Bainbridge Green on…

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Charles Bradley Cancels Tour, Reveals Liver Cancer

Charles Bradley canceled all of his upcoming tour dates in order to treat and recover from liver cancer. The soul singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and received treatment. During a recent stretch of recent tour dates, he learned that cancer cells were found in his liver. 

“I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” the 68-year old said in a statement announcing the tour cancelation. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.” Bradley canceled 37 gigs throughout North America, South America and Europe, including a New Year’s Eve slot with My Morning Jacket at Broomfield, Colorado’s 1st Bank Center. 

The acclaimed vocalist issued his third album, Changes, in 2016. Bradley launched his career in the 1960s, but didn’t achieve mainstream success. For most of his life, he battled poverty and unemployment while drifting through the U.S. His fortune changed after linking up with Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth and producer Tom Brenneck, and Bradley released his debut LP, No Time For Dreaming, in 2011 – at the age of 63.

“Right now, I don’t see a stopping point ’cause I don’t see no place where I can stop at and rest in peace,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “But I know that from doing shows for the public, the love when I go out into the audience and hug ’em and the things that they say to me personally … [pauses] Wow. It’s not only me onstage doing it. I open their hearts up and they feel the love of my heart and when I go out there and really respond to ’em and talk to ’em, they tell me some things.”

Charles Bradley Canceled Tour Dates

September 8 – Uncasville, CT @ The Wolf Den
September 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ OctFest
September 13 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ NICETO Club
September 15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ SESC Pompeia Choperia
September 16 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock In Rio 2017
September 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Kickoff @ Memorial Hall
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Goose Island 312 Block Party
September 28 – St. Paul, MN @ MPR @ Fitzgerald’s
September 29 – Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling
October 1 – Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
October 7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SB Polo & Wine Festival
October 20 – Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Halifax Pop Explosion
October 25 – Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center For The Arts
October 26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre
October 28 – Suwanne Park, FL @ Hulaween Festival
October 29 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Voodoo Festival
November 10 – McDade, TX @ Sounds On Sound Festival
November 11 – Cocoa Beach, FL @ Rootfire Festival
November 21 – Paris, France @ La Cigale
November 23 – Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu du Porto
November 24 – Vigo, Spain @ Superbock Underfest Vigo
November 25 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Mexefest Festival at Coliseu de Lisboa
November 28 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
November 29 – München, Germany @ Muffathalle
November 30 – Köln, Germany @ Live Music Hall
December 2 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit 36
December 3 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
December 5 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
December 6 – Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
December 8 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Annabel
December 9 – Tilburg, Holland @ 013 Popcentrum
December 10 – Groningen, Holland @ Oosterpoort
December 12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Kauflauten
December 15 – London, England @ O2 Forum
December 16 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
December 29 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
December 31 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center (with My Morning Jacket)

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