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Music About Love And Friendship Inspires Joshua Bell And Steven Isserlis On New Album For The Love Of Brahms – Available Sept. 30, 2016

Joshua Bell - For The Love of Brahms - Available September 30New York, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces – pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in a landmark joint…


GUESS And Republic Records Join To Launch Guess Music

GUESS LogoLOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GUESS, the global lifestyle brand famous for its iconic ad campaigns and trendsetting denim has teamed up with the nation’s #1 record label and industry market share leader Republic Records to co-create GUESS Music.

The first GUESS Music…



Los Angeles based rock outfit GEMINI SYNDROME have announced a new batch of US tour dates alongside Sevendust and Red Sun Rising. The West Coast run starts on October 12th in Dallas, TX and concludes …Read More


Monster High Releases New "Meet the Ghouls" Webisode featuring Frankie Stein

Monster High has released another new webisode of “Meet the Ghouls” featuring Frankie Stein! Check it out right HERE.


David Crosby Plots Fall Tour Behind 'Lighthouse' LP

David Crosby has announced a U.S. tour behind his upcoming fifth solo LP, Lighthouse. The 18-date trek launches November 18th in Atlanta and concludes December 16th in Ithaca, New York.

Crosby’s new touring band will feature Snarky Puppy bandleader/Lighthouse producer Michael League, along with album contributors Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis. The setlist will include Lighthouse material alongside tracks spanning Crosby’s career.

Lighthouse, which follows 2014’s Croz, is out October 21st via GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. In July, Crosby teased the new LP by releasing “Things We Do for Love,” a delicate acoustic ballad written for his wife, Jan. Earlier this month, he debuted bluesy Manhattan tribute “The City.”

Crosby co-wrote several Lighthouse tracks with League and was surprised by the Snarky Puppy member’s versatility. “He’s an immensely talented musician,” the singer-songwriter told The Wall Street Journal. “He was very sneaky, too. He didn’t tell me he could play lead guitar. He didn’t tell me he could sing. And he never told me he could write words. But when we sat down at my house, we wrote three songs in three days. I think the only person in my life that has been that good at writing and co-working with [me] is my son James. I love writing with someone else because the other guy always thinks of something you didn’t.”

Crosby kicked off a North American summer tour earlier this month, with previously scheduled dates running through September 15th. 

David Crosby Fall 2016 Tour Dates

November 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
November 19 – Danville, KY @ Centre College @ Norton Center for the Arts
November 21 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
November 22 – Stuart, FL @ Lyric Theatre
November 26 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
November 27 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theater
November 29 – Charlotte, NC @ McGlohan Theatre at Spirit Square
December 1 – Morgantown, WV @ West Virginia University
December 2 – Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre
December 4 – Roanoke, VA @ Jefferson Center
December 5 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 7 – Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College (Outdoor)
December 9 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
December 10 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
December 12 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
December 13 – Tarrytown, NY @ Music Hall Theatre
December 15 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall
December 16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre

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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Music Video of 2000s?

The MTV Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The big confirmed news of the night is that Britney Spears will perform on the VMA stage for the first time in nine years and Rihanna will receive the Video Vanguard Award (and have her own set of performances). But there will also be performances by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Future, Nick Jonas and Halsey. They will also find time to pass out a few awards.

Now we have a question for you: What is the greatest music video of the 2000s? We’re going to count anything that has come out since January 1st, 2000 all the way through the present. Feel free to vote for a classic like Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” or Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” a YouTube smash like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and OK Go’s “Here It Goes Again” or even something goofy like Rebecca Black’s “Friday” or Lonely Island’s “Dick in a Box.” Pick whatever 2000s video you want, but please only vote once and only for a single selection.

You can vote on or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock. 

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A War on Ticket Bots, With Mixed Results

Even if Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda eliminates every electronic “bot” that scoops up thousands of tickets and helps shady brokers resell them at insane prices, he’s unlikely to make a dent in the scalping market. Stung by reports that one bot sold 20,000 tickets to the popular Broadway show earlier this year, and that scalpers made $15.5 million by reselling tickets to 100 performances, Miranda teamed with Senator Chuck Schumer earlier this month to announce legislation to fine bot users up to $16,000. “I’m so scared of the way scalpers fuck with prices,” Miranda told Rolling Stone.

But while bots are a huge problem in the live-concert business — one software developer bought hundreds of thousands of tickets, then sold them for $31 million via StubHub in 2013, according to New York’s attorney general — they’re hardly the only one in a resale market estimated at $8 billion. “The whole bot thing is something of a smokescreen,” says Rob Wilmshurst, chief executive of See Tickets, which handled Adele’s U.K. tour and has since expanded to Los Angeles. “Blaming R2-D2 for all this is a little bit raw.”

Some artists are still trying to fight back. Adele is one of several touring superstars who’ve tried to prevent scalpers and brokers from obtaining the best seats — for every show on her arena tour, she mandated that buyers of the top 3,000 seats show credit cards to get in. Chance the Rapper tweeted that resellers were “greedy untalented folks who don’t even like music spending a lil bit of money early to come up later” and declared every seat for his Magnificent Coloring Book Festival would sell for $25 through his website. Yet the moves have been largely ineffective: Although Adele set prices for her September shows at Madison Square Garden at $40-$150, tickets sold for as much as $9,500 on StubHub, which calls the singer its best-selling summer artist; Chance tickets are reselling for as much as $500.

Just about everybody involved in ticket sales opposes bots — reps for StubHub, Ticketmaster and the National Association for Ticket Brokers say they support Schumer’s BOTS Act. “They hurt the market, they hurt consumers and fans,” says Tod Cohen, StubHub’s general counsel and head of public affairs. “It’s a terrible way that people have abused systems, and legislation is necessary to help resolve the problem.”

But even without bots, fans would have a tough time grabbing premium seats for the best shows, as they often land on resale sites seconds after a scheduled on-sale (and sometimes even before). In his report earlier this year, Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, called ticket reselling a “fixed game,” blaming artists, promoters and venues who hold back 46 percent of tickets for “industry insiders.” “They don’t want the public to know so few tickets are available,” says Gary Adler, the NATB’s executive director.

Some artists have no tolerance for scalping — Eric Church regularly voids fan-club sales to buyers who conspicuously fit broker patterns, and Miley Cyrus, Metallica, Radiohead and others have used Ticketmaster’s paperless system, requiring fans to show identification to get into the show. “Bots are a symptom, but they’re not the disease — scalpers are the disease,” says Fielding Logan, who oversees touring for Church and the Black Keys. “If we could do away with the reselling entirely, it’s going to help.”

Still, ticket-reselling is legal in most states, and even the biggest artists and promoters have changed their approach as the business has evolved from street-corner hawkers to sophisticated online business dominated by StubHub and eBay. Michael Rapino, head of top promoter Live Nation, has encouraged artists to raise ticket prices to compete with scalpers — which Hamilton did in June, boosting top seats from $475 to $850. And Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster encourages artists to participate in its own resale services, such as TM+ and TicketsNow. Those companies ban “speculative selling” on tickets that have not yet been made available to the public — like season ticketholders for sporting events who know they’re going to get Madonna seats as part of their packages. “We weed out the bad actors,” says Joe Berchtold, Live Nation Entertainment’s chief operating officer.

For now, the most public way of dealing with scalping involves fighting the bots, as in Schumer’s BOTS Act and an identical 2015 bill in the House. Longtime anti-scalping artists are supportive of these efforts, but skeptical on how effective they’ll be. “The issue I have is, a lot of bot transactions don’t take place in the U.S.,” says Stuart Ross, tour director for Tom Waits. “It’s like Whack-a-Mole. The average fan doesn’t have a chance.”

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Timothy B. Schmit on Glenn Frey: 'He's Dead. It's Unbelievable'

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit opened up about the death of bandmate Glenn Frey in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “He’s dead. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “It didn’t happen that long ago. Everybody is still processing it. But part of processing it is carrying on.”

“[The Eagles] haven’t done anything since he passed,” Schmit continues. “Nobody’s really doing his songs, unless there’s a tribute show once in awhile. But I do hear it on the radio. Just now, I stopped thinking about it every day, but I think about this whole thing often. When you started talking about it, I was startled to the fact that he’s really gone.”

The veteran singer-songwriter and former Poco member also said the Eagles will maintain their commitment to appear at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors show, held in Washington D.C.

“We were supposed to be there last year, and it was announced, but we had to back out because of Glen’s illness,” Schmit says. “We had no idea that his illness would get to a dire state, but it did. [The Kennedy Center] kept their promise and postponed until this year. We’re going to do it without him.

“If you’re honored, you sit up pretty close to the President, and watch the show, and watch other people do their take on your work,” he says of the event. “It’s unbelievable. Who would’ve thought?” The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors – also set to recognize Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich – will be held December 3rd and broadcast December 27th on CBS.

Schmit will release his fifth solo LP, Leap of Faith, on September 23rd. He recently debuted the album’s breezy lead single, “Red Dirt Road,” which pays tribute to the soil of Hawaiian island Kaua’i.

“There’s some rich, deep soil there,” he told Rolling Stone. “You have a good chance of growing a plumeria tree by just sticking a branch of a plumeria into the ground. It’s unbelievable. That was the motivation. It’s a song about trying to enjoy your life. You can go about your daily business and see it from sunup to sundown – and see it in the best light possible, too – and then just enjoy yourself.”

Additional reporting by Andrew Leahey

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Columbia Records Releases Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" Album Today

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records releases Barbra Streisand’s “ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” today, featuring 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.   The inspired new musical pairings on…


Review: De La Soul Still Pushing Boundaries on 'Anonymous Nobody'

Almost 30 years after their debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, transformed the possibilities of a rap record, and nearly 12 years since their last LP, De La Soul are still ambitious outliers. Financed by a Kickstarter campaign, constructed over breaks and beats mined from more than 200 hours of jamming by a live band, and stuffed with guest stars (Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Jill Scott), And the Anonymous Nobody sometimes risks losing Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo in their own record. Tracks like the loopy “Snoopies” (with David Byrne) and old-school throwdown “Whoodeeni” (with 2 Chainz) are glorious bug-outs, but the urban cautionary tale “Greyhounds” (echoing Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City,” with Usher on the hook) is a reminder that De La are often more powerful when they’re less goofy – and that their greatest strength has always been not caring what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.

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