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Boiler Room Partners with LiveU to Enrich its Live Viewing Experience

Boiler Room collaborates with LiveU to increase its geographic reach and stream integrityHACKENSACK, N.J., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — LiveU, the pioneer and leader in IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, has today announced that it has formed a partnership with global music event web broadcaster Boiler…


Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling Shines in "Pop Dash" Video Game

MaxPlay LogoSAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MaxPlay, a game technologies and services company, today released Pop Dash, a fast-paced, pop music and pop culture-infused action game on iOS. The game features electronic violinist, YouTube music video and performance artist Lindsey…


Jeff Buckley Compilation to Include Unreleased Songs, Covers

A new compilation will collect Jeff Buckley‘s previously unreleased first recordings for Columbia Records. The 10-track You and I, due out March 11th, contains a mix of originals and covers of tunes by artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Sly and the Family Stone.

The late singer-songwriter recorded the tracks at producer Steve Addabbo’s Shelter Island Sound studio in February 1993, a few months after he signed to the label. The recordings had languished in the Sony Music archives until they were found during research for the 20th anniversary of Buckley’s only album, Grace, which came out in 1994.

Prior to the record’s release, the label will also put out a seven-inch containing Buckley’s cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” backed with the original group’s version on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 27th. The company also premiered a 30-second teaser for the record, in which acoustic guitar plays as the singer walks down an autumnal road repeating, “you and I, you and I, you and I.”

In addition to a wide-ranging selection of covers, the album contains his first-ever studio recording of the song “Grace,” as well as the never-before-released tune “Dream of You and I,” which the label describes as “mysterious and haunting.” The covers include tunes by the Smiths, Led Zeppelin and a blues tune popularized by Bukka White.

You and I Track List

1. “Just Like a Woman” (Bob Dylan cover)
2. “Everyday People” (Sly & the Family Stone cover)
3. “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'” (Louis Jordan cover)
4. “Grace”
5. “Calling You” (Jevetta Steele cover)
6. “Dream of You and I”
7. “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” (The Smiths cover)
8. “Poor Boy Long Way From Home” (Bukka White cover)
9. “Night Flight” (Led Zeppelin cover)
10. “I Know It’s Over” (The Smiths cover)

One Direction TV Spot for 2016 Civic Heralds Next Wave of Honda Stage, Honda Stage Brings More Original Music Programming, Expanded List of Digital and Live Music Experiences

Honda debuts new television spot featuring One Direction, the stars of the 2015 Honda Civic TourTORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Honda is turning up the volume on its innovative Honda Stage ( platform with a focus on a diverse portfolio of music, increased integration with broadcast media programming, and more engaging content….


Le Japan Content Showcase connaît un nombre de participants sans précédent

TOKYO, 6 novembre 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Le Japan Content Showcase (JCS), organisé par le Ministère de l’économie, du commerce et de l’industrie (METI), la Fondation pour la promotion de l’industrie musicale et de la culture (TIMM), UNIJAPAN (TIFFCOM) et l’Association des…


Danzig, Flaming Lips, Louis C.K. to Guest on 'Portlandia'

Portland sketch comedy series Portlandia has announced another all-star guest lineup for its sixth season, with a mix of artists, comedians and actors. Starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, it premieres on January 21st on IFC at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

This season will feature Glenn Danzig, who recently released his Danzig Legacy film, and the Flaming Lips, who are no strangers to acting themselves having put out their sci-fi Christmas on Mars film in 2008. Lenny Kravitz’ daughter Zoë (Dope, Mad Max) will also appear on the show.

Additional non-music-related guests include Louis C.K. (Louie), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef), Moshe Kasher (Another Period), John Levenstein (Kroll Show), NPR’s Kai Ryssdal, Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live) and Bitsie Tulloch (rimm). There are also Arrested Development cast and crew heading to Portland, including creator Mitchell Hurwitz and Alia Shawkat.

The show looks to be continuing its satirical sendup of Portland with Brownstein and Armisen’s myriad characters often deadpanning their way through hilarious bits. According to the IFC website, Doug and Claire break up, Dave and Kath run a marathon and “Fred turns grey overnight and, in seeking answers from the universe, gets sucked into a black hole.”

Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as mayor and this season he “tries to lure a tech company to Portland and also puts the moves on Carrie with a canister of frozen sperm from his office refrigerator.” Other returning guests include Steve Buscemi, Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne and Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani.

A Tribe Called Quest Will Reunite for 'Jimmy Fallon'

A Tribe Called Quest is readying their reissue campaign, which includes the re-release of their landmark 1990 debut, Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm on Friday, November 13th. In conjunction with dropping the album, they’ll appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the same night.

The 25th anniversary reissue was remastered by longtime Tribe engineer Bob Power and will feature new bonus remixes of their songs, including Pharrell Williams’ take on “Bonita Applebum,” J. Cole’s remix of “Can I Kick It?” and Cee Lo Green’s “Footprints.”

“I had this album in my head for years before I did it,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “Looking at it overall, to see the thoughts of a 16-year-old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived … But to see it in this incarnation … I’m humbled.”

 “Epic LP that was way before its time!,” Tribe MC Phife Dawg tells Rolling Stone of People’s Instinctive Travels. “Q-Tip’s thought process was beyond genius, an album that 25 years later, you can still listen to from top to bottom!!!! I’ve often said there may be better emcees than Q-Tip, may be better producers than him as well, but tell me who can possibly be better than him at both? Call me biased, but I’ll wait!!!!!!!! (TICK, TICK, TICK)”

The debut re-release is the first of several reissues planned from ATCQ. Their last studio album, The Love Movement, was released in 1998. Their The Tonight Show appearance will be their first performance in two years. The group previously performed together live for two of Kanye West’s shows at Madison Square Garden during his 2013 Yeezus tour. At the time, Q-Tip announced on Twitter that it would be the group’s final shows.

Eric Paslay on Upcoming Album Expectations: 'I'm Not Afraid'

“I’m guilty of being introspective,” Eric Paslay tells Rolling Stone Country. “But I am also guilty of being a goofball, and having fun.”

Certainly his new single “High Class” puts that lighthearted spirit on display — it’s a polar opposite to the modest delivery of tracks like “She Don’t Love You” off his 2014 self-titled debut, favoring a thumping beat about the nightlife over a pensive melody. Now in the process of honing his follow-up album, he’s eager to embrace both the part of his being that enjoys a slow, acoustic ballad and the one that’s a little more raucous — without succumbing to the fear of a sophomore slump.

“I’m not afraid — I probably should be, right?” Paslay asks with a laugh. “I guess I would be if I didn’t have great songs. You have your whole life for the first record, and some of those songs I had been singing for years. They are almost sentimental. ‘High Class,’ however, is just fun.”

Paslay, who worked as a songwriter in Nashville before he struck out as a solo artist, earning cuts with Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”) and Love and Theft (“Angel Eyes”), actually dug into his own back catalog for source material when planning his upcoming album.

“Some of the songs were held by other people for years, but not recorded,” he explains. “And you never know why. So I was like, ‘Shoot, I’m recording that!’ Half of them were new songs, about being on the road and the life of the last album. But it’s different heartbeats, different melodies. And there are more surprises — there are a few ballads, and it’s not all loud.”

Being loud actually doesn’t come natural to the native Texan, but neither does the splashy stage moves that a song like “High Class” demands. So he’s made it a point to master both.

“I’m more of an introvert than anything,” he says. “But you learn how to shake it a little.”

Along with “High Class,” Paslay also lends his voice to Charles Kelley’s new solo single, the sublime “The Driver.” During Rolling Stone Country‘s recent Nashville Live party, presented by Ram, Paslay surprised fans by joining Kelley onstage for the song.

John Prine, David Rawlings Tapped for MerleFest 2016

John Prine will headline next year’s MerleFest, making his first appearance at the annual roots festival in a decade. Also topping the lengthy bill are Dave Rawlings Machine, Jerry Douglas and the Wood Brothers. 

The four-day event stretches from April 28th to May 1st, with performances taking place on more than a dozen stages at the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Nearly 100 acts — including Donna the Buffalo, the Bros. Landreth, Steep Canyon Rangers (appearing without their frequent tour mate, Steve Martin) and Penny & Sparrow — have confirmed appearances at the 2016 festival.  Other artists set to perform range from bluegrass upstarts the Barefoot Movement to The Voice alum Sarah Potenza.

Often hosted by bluegrass kingpin Doc Watson until his death in 2012, MerleFest (named after Watson’s son and bandmate Merle, who died in 1985) has sustained its popularity since its inception in 1988, regularly drawing crowds that rival the attendance of more high-profile festivals like Bonnaroo. With general admission tickets ranging from $150 to $180, the long weekend is also something of a steal by modern-day festival standards. Passes are available on the festival’s website

Hard Rock Revealed As Winning Bidder Of Elvis Presley's Iconic Gold Leaf Piano, Making It The 80,000th Memorabilia Piece

Hard Rock International Logo.ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock has 80,000 reasons to celebrate its world-famous memorabilia collection this week. At the recent Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll Auction event at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills, Hard Rock International, known for its memorabilia at…