Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

Historic Eric Clapton Guitar: "The Heir to Blackie" Goes on Sale

Historic Eric Clapton Guitar: “The Heir to Blackie” Goes on Sale, Exclusively from San Francisco Art Exchange LLC http://www.sfae.com/SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In 2004 when Eric’s coveted Blackie sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking price of $959,500, the guitar world was astounded. That guitar was Eric’s favorite “sidekick” for more than 15 years and was known to music fans throughout the…


Hear Feist's Heartfelt Cover of Gord Downie's 'The Stranger'

Feist has unveiled a touching cover of Gord Downie’s “The Stranger,” in tribute to the Tragically Hip frontman, who died on Tuesday of terminal brain cancer at the age of 53.

“I send out this song with love, respect and gratitude in honour of Gord’s generosity of spirit,” the singer tweeted. “I admired so much his honest way of communicating what he saw and the courage and conviction he searched with. Thank you, and I love you.”

“The Stranger” was featured on Downie’s 2016 solo album, Secret Path, which was inspired by the true story of  Chanie Wenjack, an indigenous 12-year-old who died on October 22nd, 1966 while fleeing Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Canada. 

Feist also takes a stripped-down approach on her heartfelt rendition of the song, which mirrors the lonely, pensive vibe of the original.

Last year, Feist covered Downie’s “Flamenco,” which she dedicated to Downie shortly after his terminal brain cancer diagnosis was made public and before the Tragically Hip’s final tour that took place in Summer 2016.

Downie’s double-album, Introduce Yerself, was produced by Feist’s Broken Social Scene bandmate Kevin Drew. It is slated for release on October 27th via Arts & Crafts.

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Hear Maroon 5's Reflective Song 'Whiskey' With A$AP Rocky

Maroon 5 have unveiled new song “Whiskey,” which features A$AP Rocky. The song hails from their forthcoming sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues.

The piano-led, reflective “Whiskey” sees the Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine looking back on booze-filled, youthful nights and love lost. “I never knew that love was blind/ ‘Til I was hers,” Levine croons. “‘But she was never mine/ Yeah, I was reckless, but I let it burn” he sings before the song’s namesake is turned into a simile on the chorus. “‘Til she kissed me like a whiskey,” he sings.

Meanwhile, A$AP Rocky’s verse reminisces on romantic memories with liquor-tipped metaphors. “I ain’t like the other cognacs/ Or the type of cat that’d never call back/ Or lose contact when you’re running out of rum and you make a run,” he raps. “All of that tequila’s a killer/ A little vodka break her off something proper/ Pop a cork and play spin the bottle.”

The new song follows the previously released Red Pill Blues track “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA, and album deluxe edition offerings “Don’t Wanna Know” with Kendrick Lamar and “Cold” featuring Future.

Red Pill Blues will be released on November 3rd via Interscope Records.

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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Announces 2017-2018 Concert Series Lineup

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will kick off its 2017-2018 Concert Series on Sunday, October 22, 2017! With a stellar lineup of eight concerts, the annual concert series will feature an eclectic mix of genres,…


Multi-Platinum, Chart Topping Artist Yo Gotti Teams Up With Monster To Bring Better Sound Quality To Music Fans And Create "The Sound Of Yo Gotti" Ahead Of His New Album, "I Still Am"

Yo Gotti experiencing his new album with 360 degrees of sound on the Monster BlasterNEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Monster®, the world leader in premium headphones and speakers, is proud to announce it has teamed up with Memphis-born rap artist Yo Gotti in a broad partnership that aims to bring better sound and an elevated listening experience to music fans…


Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl Donate Items to Unique Addiction Recovery Fund

Chris Cornell, Elton John, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic are among the high-profile musicians who donated personal items used to create a unique line of timepieces, the Rock LTD Collection, The Hollywood Reporter notes. Cornell – who died by suicide at age 52 in May, contributed a guitar strap to the new watch line, which benefits the Recording Academy’s MusiCares MAP Fund, dedicated to addiction recovery treatment.

“Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day,” the Soundgarden frontman’s widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement. “MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.”

This year’s Rock LTD Collection, set to launch before the holidays, will include between 25 and 30 pieces priced from $1,200 to $1,800. The one exception is the Cornell piece, which will tour Nixon locations in New York, London and Paris in spring 2018 before being auctioned at a May 2018 MusiCares benefit.

Cornell, a longtime MusiCares contributor, was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2007 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concerts. Nixon CEO Chad DiNenna told THR that Cornell signed on to donate his guitar strap prior to his death. “This is what he would want,” DiNenna said, noting that he consulted the singer’s family on plans for the project.

The 2017 Rock LTD line is Nixon’s seventh since launching in 2005. According to THR, the new collection includes John, a Sentry Chrono created from a “donated leather paisley-patterned belt”; Grohl, a Sentry constructed from a “donated plaid flannel shirt”; Novoselic, a Sentry utilizing a “donated Sound City denim jacket”; and Pop, a Sentry built from a “donated leather chain wallet and belt.”

Each of the hand-numbered watches will include a certificate of authenticity and be housed in a custom, etched case featuring the artist’s name. The pieces will be available at several global retailers – including Ron Robinson, Sun Diego and Toront’s Got Style – and Nixon’s flagship locations around the world.

In August, Vicky Cornell solicited fan messages for her late husband to post on his official website. “You have given us hope and strength to endure the pain of these very dark days,” she tweeted in her announcement of the project. 

Earlier in the summer, Seattle-based nonprofit Childhaven established the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program, with Vicky Cornell pledging $100,000 as part of the mission to help children and families overcome the effects of trauma.

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Santa and His Reindeer Fly Over the Fairgrounds as Winter Fest OC Returns!

Southern California’s ultimate winter experience, Winter Fest, returns December 21st for 18 days of entertainment, attractions and fun for all ages. See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day.ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Celebration Festivals is “bringing winter to the OC” with the return of Southern California’s largest winter tradition – Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center. This year, the forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a winter…


World Music Divas Dazzle In "Let Her Sing: A Celebration Of Female Vocalists" At Marines' Memorial Theatre Oct. 28

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Women singers from cultures of repression

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Hear Weezer's Effervescent New Song 'Happy Hour'

Weezer released an effervescent new song “Happy Hour,” another track from the band’s upcoming new album, Pacific Daydream.

“Happy Hour” deviates from the long-running band’s trademark sound, relying on rich, layered production and slower tempo.

“We really challenged ourselves to leave behind the Nineties distorted guitar, downstroke eighth note thing and try to see what else we can do,” Cuomo told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, who premiered the track Wednesday. Cuomo added the band listened to a lot of the Clash and Phil Spector productions for the album.

“I need happy hour/ On sad days,” Cuomo sings on the track. “I think I can stay here for the rest of my life/ Please don’t make me go home.”

“I’m walking around town and I’m seeing these signs, ‘Happy Hour, come in and join the party, have fun,’ and just wishing I could be part of this,” Cuomo said of the inspiration behind the track. “It’s not so much about the drinking, it’s about the companionship, and the society, and feeling like I don’t have that and I’m never gonna fit in.”

“Happy Hour” is the fifth offering from Pacific Daydream, following “Feels Like Summer,” “Mexican Fender,” “Beach Boys” and “Weekend Woman.” Pacific Daydream arrives October 27th.

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Ed Sheeran Cancels Tour Dates After Injuring Arms in Bike Accident

Ed Sheeran canceled numerous tour dates two days after fracturing his right wrist and left elbow due to a bicycle accident in London. The singer-songwriter nixed five shows booked through November 5th – in Taipei, Taiwan; Osaka, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo and Hong Kong – from the Asian leg of his current Divide tour.

An Instagram post detailed the painful injuries, noting that Sheeran is “unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future” and is “waiting to see how the healing progresses” before deciding how to proceed with further gigs. His Asian tour stretches through mid-November and, following a break, relaunches with a stadium trek in March 2018.

Sheeran first revealed the injury Monday on Instagram, writing that he was “waiting on some medical advice” before commenting on tour commitments. The BBC originally reported that the singer broke his right arm in the accident – his latest in a series of bizarre impairments, which include slicing his face during a fake knighting ceremony and burning his foot at a hot spring. 

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