Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Matthew West Named Christian Music Songwriter of the Year, Joel Smallbone Named Top Songwriter-Artist at 39th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

ASCAP Logo (PRNewsfoto/ASCAP)NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music’s most performed songs of the past year at the 39th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards on Tuesday, September 19th,…


Hear Howard Stern Read Marilyn Manson's Biting Texts to Justin Bieber

Marilyn Manson played coy about his reported feud with Justin Bieber while letting Howard Stern read a text message exchange between the two on The Howard Stern Show Tuesday.

The tiff between Bieber and Manson centers around a Bieber t-shirt that features Manson’s name and face on the front and the text “Bigger Than Satan … Bieber” on the back (the shirt originally sold for $195). In July, the shirt’s designer, Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo, claimed on Instagram that Manson gave him permission to “reinterpret” the original image, though in a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, Manson offered a different story. The rocker claimed Bieber was already wearing the shirt when they first met and apparently told Manson, “I made you relevant again.” Manson added, “He was a real piece of shit in the way he had the arrogance to say that.”

The text exchange Manson let Stern read on air ostensibly took place after the interview was published. Bieber kicked off the convo, saying, “Bro it’s Bieber, what’s up with this article? I thought we had a pretty pleasant interaction. Also if anything wasn’t squared away with the t-shirts, I’m so sorry. Anyway, regardless, it kinda stung seeing that I came off as an asshole, or even just was an asshole. Sorry?”

While Manson replied, “You were just being you, no beef here,” the rocker refrained from elaborating when Stern asked him to clarify if he had a problem with Bieber. “I said, ‘You were just being you,'” Manson quipped. “Which could mean, ‘You were just being an asshole.'”

The rest of Manson’s texts were similarly sly and backhanded. Stern read one message from Manson that included an offer to collaborate and then the jab: “You weren’t an asshole. They asked if you were and I sort of agreed.” Manson even told Bieber, “I’ll try to avoid more questions today on Stern.”

Manson will release his new album, Heaven Upside Down, October 6th. 

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The Best in Pro Audio and Sound Production to be Honored at the 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The NAMM Foundation is pleased to announce nominees for the 33rd NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. The annual awards are presented at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California (January 27, 2018), the global…


Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Talks Chester Bennington Memorial Nerves

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda discussed the nerves coursing through the band as they prepare to honor late singer, Chester Bennington, at a tribute concert in Los Angeles October 27th. “I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than other guys in the band,” Shinoda said during an interview on KROQ Monday. “But I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester.”

The “one-night only” tribute concert will feature the five surviving members of Linkin Park performing together for the first time since Bennington’s death on July 20th. Shinoda noted that the band was also compiling a group of friends to perform as well, though a list has yet to be announced. The concert will raise money for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Shinoda noted that he sought out Rick Rubin’s advice after Bennington’s death, and it was the producer who pushed him to perform live again. “He said: ‘I know you guys know this, and I know it’s obvious because you’re looking at social media, I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that’s going to be the thing that’ll feel good. It’ll be super, super hard … The fans want to see you, but most importantly, not because they want to see a show, there’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen.'”

Shinoda also spoke about the massive outpouring of support and encouragement from fans, who have organized hundreds of tributes and memorials around the world and adopted the band’s new song, “One More Light,” into an anthem. Shinoda said the song was written about the deaths of several close friends and family members, saying, “It was initially intended to reach out to somebody who had lost someone, and now we find ourselves on the receiving end of that where the fans have taken our own song and played it back to us, and let us know, they’re there, they’re listening and they’re thinking about us.”

At the end of the interview, Shinoda spoke candidly about the dark circumstances surrounding Bennington’s suicide and grappling with how that same darkness was always part of the singer’s artistic identity. “What was so unique and special about this guy is that he used it as fuel to do so many things,” Shinoda said. “He was such a happy guy, he was such a fun guy when he’d walk in the room … That’s what we want to get out of this show. I know it’s going to be a roller coaster of emotion, but when we talk about this and when we’re focusing on the show, it’s really about celebrating life.”

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Diana Krall Announces Third Leg Of Turn Up The Quiet North American Tour Dates

DIANA KRALL ANNOUNCES THIRD LEG OF "TURN UP THE QUIET" NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES. TOUR KICKS OFF JANUARY 30TH IN CLEARWATER, FL. Photo Credit: Mary McCartney.NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall will return to North America in January for the third US leg of her “Turn Up The Quiet World Tour.” The tour kicks off on January 30th in Clearwater, FL at the Ruth…


Watch Tom Morello, Nancy Wilson Lead All-Star John Lennon Cover

Tom Morello, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson, Brandi Carlile and more delivered a rousing cover of John Lennon‘s “Power to the People” to close out the Global Citizen Live concert in New York City Monday. The performance also featured M. Ward, Valerie Simpson, Liv Warfield and Paul Shaffer.

Vocal duties were split amongst the myriad singers onstage, with Warfield and Shaffer delivering especially ecstatic verses followed by Morello’s guitar solo. The musician showed off all his tricks, moving from his signature string scratching to shredding with his teeth, in the process revealing the all-aps message on the back of his guitar: “End Racism.”

During the Global Citizen Live concert, Annie Lennox was also honored with the second George Harrison Global Citizen Award for her work as both a musician and activist. The honor was established in 2016, with Paul Simon presenting it posthumously to the late Beatle.

Monday’s concert was just one of several events set to take place during Global Citizen Week, which wraps September 23rd with a massive free concert in Central Park featuring Stevie Wonder, Green Day, the Chainsmokers, Pharrell and more. Now in its sixth year, Global Citizen aims to promote efforts to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change and fight inequality. 

Video courtesy of Joe Rashbaum

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Hear Macklemore, Kesha Reminisce on Evocative New Song 'Good Old Days'

Macklemore and Kesha reminisce on their powerful new hip-hop ballad, “Good Old Days.” The track will appear on Macklemore’s upcoming solo album, Gemini.

“Good Old Days” features stripped-down drums, piano and vocal loops. Macklemore vividly recounts everything from his early tours and dreams of stardom, to his homecoming dance regrets and struggles with substance abuse. 

Kesha delivers the song’s potent hook over an isolated piano and buoys Macklemore throughout the third verse, adding an extra chill to lines like, “And I ain’t worried about the wrinkles around my smile/ I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around/ I’ve thrown some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Macklemore spoke about working with Kesha. “She is someone that I walked into the room and I immediately just caught a vibe with and became friends with pretty instantaneously. … She’s a musician, she’s a writer, she’s someone that is not afraid to try ideas in the studio, not afraid to get vulnerable in front of people, not scared to go for the high note when she doesn’t know if she can hit it or not. She is a musician in every sense of the word, and she’s hilarious.”

“Good Old Days” follows Macklemore’s previously-released Gemini single, “Glorious.” Gemini marks Macklemore’s first full-length solo project since 2005’s The Language of My World. Outside a 2009 mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, the Seattle rapper’s last two releases have been collaborations with producer Ryan Lewis, The Heist and This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Macklemore will embark on a North American tour in support of Gemini October 6th in Portland.

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Hear Tommy Stinson, Nicole Atkins Duet on New Soul Song, 'Too Late'

Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop outfit and Nicole Atkins channel the lessons of 1960s soul balladry on “Too Late.” The track is part of a forthcoming 7-inch single due out November 24th. 

Rhythm guitar and drums drive “Too Late” along the steady, lilting path of a Stax ballad. Strings flit through the background to enhance the drama of Stinson and Atkins’ weary back-and-forth. “It’s too late, cupid’s done kicking this can,” Atkins sings. “It’s too late to walk hand in hand,” agrees Stinson.

In a statement, Stinson explained that “Too Late” was an old track that he revived when he decided to work with Atkins. “After hearing [Atkins’ song] ‘Goodnight Rhonda Lee,’ a lightbulb exploded over my head and I knew I had to get Nicole to sing a song with us that I had written nearly 12 years ago, recorded several times, and ultimately never captured properly,” he said. The other collaboration with Atkins on the 7″ is titled “Saturday.”

Stinson, known for his time in the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses, put out a new LP as Bash & Pop in January. He recruited members of The Hold Steady, Guns N’ Roses, North Mississippi All-Stars and Mighty Mighty Bosstones to record with him. “It was like, ‘That’s a take. It’s done. Move on,'” he told Rolling Stone. “… That’s the way the best records we know in history have been made.”

Bash & Pop Tour Dates

September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
September 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Caledonia
September 22 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
September 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
September 24 – Tampa, FL @ Capitol Theatre
September 25 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
September 27 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
September 29 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
September 30 – Richmond, VA @ The National
October 1 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
October 2 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
October 4 – Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere Flex Stage
October 6 – Tarrytown, NY @ Music Hall
October 7 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
October 8 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
October 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
October 11 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
October 12 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
October 13 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
October 16 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
October 17 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
October 18 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
October 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
October 21 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
October 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw 

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Devialet Broadens Global Footprint With U.S. Expansion

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Hackensack Meridian Health Launches Sponsorship of Cumulus Radio to Create New Studio in Manhattan

Hackensack Meridian HealthEDISON, N.J., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with radio giant Cumulus Media in the heart of Manhattan to create the Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 Performance Studio, a new venue to promote the…