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Beyonce Talks Artistry and Family in New, Rare Interview

Beyoncé gave a rare interview to Garage Magazine, which can be accessed for free via its app. In the interactive cover story spread, which features photos of Beyoncé in vibrant collage artwork created by Urs Fischer, the singer discusses art and artistry, both her own and others, as well as the important roles her family plays in her life.

In the story, Beyoncé said she is drawn to painting and photography. “There’s a release and an immediacy there that helps me escape from my other projects.” As far as some of her favorite artists, she lists Kara Walker, Tracey Emin, Aaron Young, Ed Ruscha and Donald Judd. “My mother is a huge art collector and she always encouraged me from a young age to invest in art,” she said. “I travel a lot and I love going to art galleries and museums in different cities with my family and friends.”

When it comes to approaching art she said, “defining art is a really personal thing,” adding that “It makes me think of a Basquiat quote I read somewhere that said, ‘I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.'”

She goes on to discuss how she is no longer defined by outside influences when it comes to her artistry. “Over time, I have learned to focus on the things I want to focus on in the time frame that I set,” she said. “I no longer have to work based on someone else’s expectations or pressure. I put enough pressure on myself! I love being 100-percent involved with all my projects and now I’m fortunate enough to do that.”

Her family takes center stage when it comes to the people who play important roles in her life. She said her mother, Tina Knowles, is her biggest hero. “She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart,” she said. “Everything I know about being a mother comes from examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful.” She added that her proudest moment was when she gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy.

She also gave a shout-out to What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall, which the singer recommended her younger fans read. The collection includes work by Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and Melissa Etheridge. “They will inspire you to become a better leader,” she said.

View the entire story with the accompanying artwork via Garage Magazine‘s app.

Beyoncé embarks on her Formation World Tour next month. It kicks off on April 27th in Miami at Marlins Park.

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Questlove Details Culinary Creativity Book 'Somethingtofoodabout'

Questlove may be well known for his night shift duties and his band the Roots, but fans who follow the prolific artist/author also know he’s passionate about the culinary arts (to such an extent he has a @questlovesfood Instagram account dedicated to it) and once owned fried chicken stand, Hybird. His third and forthcoming book, Somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, which will be released this spring, focuses on the culinary craft he admires.

“It’s a journey into the creative process of the craziest, most awe-inspiring chefs working today,” Questlove wrote about the book on Instagram. “It’s not a cookbook. You don’t have to be a foodie to get into it (I still shrug off foodie, I just love a good meal) all starts [with] the creative process. This goes deeper into it.”

According to a statement, in the book Questlove speaks with chefs in a number of cities, including New York, Austin, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland and New Orleans. In addition to exploring the chefs’ creative processes, he discusses their personal histories and gleans their insights into food innovations.

Somethingtofoodabout includes photography by Kyoko Hamada and a foreword by Anthony Bourdain. The book will be released on April 12th via Clarkson Potter. Pre-orders are available through Questlove’s official website.

Beyond the food-oriented tome, Questlove has been hosting a series of Food Salons with renowned chefs, which were birthed after Hybird shut down. “After the restaurant went down, it was sort of like, ‘What should our next move be?'” he told the New York Times. He also serves as a celebrity ambassador for Food Bank for New York City.

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Kravis Center to Make World History on March 9

Cameron CarpenterWEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will be making history tonight when it becomes the first performing arts center in the world to install and feature a technologically advanced digital organ in its future…

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Dr. Luke Refutes Sony Firing Claim

An attorney for Dr. Luke has issued a statement refuting reports that Sony has fired the producer.

“This is not true,” the lawyer tells Rolling Stone. “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”

A spokesperson for Sony declined to comment on the statement.

On Wednesday morning, The Wrap published a report attributed to “knowledgeable individuals” and sources claiming that the label “expected to end its working relationship with controversial producer Lukasz ‘Dr. Luke’ Gottwald a year ahead of his contract’s expiration.” Reps for Sony and Gottwald did not make themselves available to the outlet.

Sony has recently become the target of protests related to its association with the producer, whom Kesha has alleged drugged and sexually assaulted her. A New York judge ruled to uphold her contract with Dr. Luke’s label and Sony in February. Kesha fans who’ve launched a #FreeKesha campaign, asking for her contract to be nullified, are planning another protest outside Sony Music’s New York City headquarters on Friday at 2 p.m.

Gottwald has denied Kesha’s allegations and has countersued both Kesha and her lawyer for defamation. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” Luke wrote in a series of tweets in February, following the court ruling. “Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister. Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me.”

Sony issued its own statement in February after Luke’s tweets. “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha,” a spokesperson said.

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Brian Wilson, Nigel Godrich, Tony Visconti Remember George Martin

As the music world mourns the death of the Beatles’ producer and “fifth member” George Martin, many of the artists who had the privilege of working with the producer have penned tributes to Martin. Ultravox’s Midge Ure, who worked with Martin on the synthpop band’s 1982 LP Quartet, tells Rolling Stone, “George was the quintessential Englishman, the maverick producer and the loveliest man ever. A teacher and father figure all rolled into one. The world is a better place for having had him in it.

“After working with legendary German producer Conny Plank on two albums, Ultravox were looking for a radical change and approach to recording and Sir George Martin was in our sights,” Ure said. “We made the album Quartet at his Air Studios in London and in Montserrat and for the first time ever, we finally let someone have a say in the arrangements and structure of the music and only someone with the gravitas he had would have been allowed to do that.”

Ure added of Martin, “He had a huge interest in the synths and drum machines we were using and treated them in the same way he would treat any orchestral instrument, he saw no divide in their ability to create sound, only in the way the sound was generated. He embraced every genre of music and bettered most of them.”

Ure, who served as producer on albums by both Ultravox and Visage, isn’t the only studio wizard to remember Martin, who influenced generations of future producers. Longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich tweeted, “George Martin, my hero. So sad. The definitive record producer … such a gentleman and was so kind to me. He did it all first … and best.”

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, who continually pushed himself artistically after hearing the Martin-produced Beatles albums, tweeted, “The records that George Martin made with the Beatles were some of the greatest ever made & they inspired me to greater heights. Love & Mercy.” Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s longtime producer, wrote, “With respect to George Martin I am wearing a tie to work today.”

“I dread to think where we would all be without you as a leading light. A true pioneer,” tweeted Stephen Street, who produced the Smiths and Blur. “Heaven must have needed an Angel.”

“He was a uniquely special man that we had the incredible honor and pleasure to create music with for many years in our early career,” America’s Dewey Bunnell & Gerry Beckley tell Rolling Stone. “He loved the adventure of making music and consequently made each project unforgettable. He was a mentor who guided the process of recording the songs we brought to the studio with a sensitive creative touch, always aware of the fragility of the ideas we were trying to express in a song. We are forever grateful for his guidance during that time in our career. We have all lost a truly special man who touched all of our lives. Sir George Martin will never be forgotten.” 

Rick Rubin previously told Rolling Stone of Martin, “George was the zenith of the mountaintop. He continues to be the inspiration for those of us striving to make timeless music. And he was as tasteful and fine of a man as he was an arranger and producer. The best of all time.”

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Rick Rubin Pays Tribute to 'Inspiration' George Martin

Producer Rick Rubin has penned a tribute to George Martin, the Beatles producer who died Tuesday at age 90.

“George was the zenith of the mountaintop,” he tells Rolling Stone. “He continues to be the inspiration for those of us striving to make timeless music. And he was as tasteful and fine of a man as he was an arranger and producer. The best of all time.”

Ringo Starr announced Martin’s death Tuesday night on Twitter. “God bless George Martin,” he wrote. “Peace and love … George will be missed.” In another post, accompanied by a photo of Martin with the Beatles, the drummer wrote, “Thank you for all your love and kindness.”

From 1962, when he offered the Beatles their first contract, until the final sessions of Abbey Road, Martin was, with rare exception, the group’s go-to producer. He continued to work with the individual band members on their solo works in the years after the band broke up and, most recently, worked on Love, a Cirque du Soleil presentation of the Beatles’ music. Paul McCartney said Martin was “like a second father” to him in a statement.

Elton John, who collaborated with Martin on his Grammy-winning and record-breaking reworking of “Candle in the Wind” in 1997, called the producer “delightful” and “brilliant.” “It is the end of a wonderful era,” he wrote in a statement. “I had the privilege to have known him as a friend and work with him as an artist.”

Rubin has produced hit albums by a diverse array of artists, spanning rap, country and rock. He worked with Ringo Starr in 1994 when the Beatles drummer guested on “To Find a Friend,” a track on Tom Petty’s solo album, Wildflowers.

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Hear Amanda Palmer's Dynamic, String-Driven New Song 'Machete'

Amanda Palmer‘s “Machete” is the singer-songwriter’s first full-band production since 2012, but the six-minute track makes up for lost time with its epic scope. “I have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind,” she chants over pounding piano and surging string orchestrations, the mood shifting back and forth between heavy and ruminative. 

“Machete,” which premiered at Stereogum, is available to stream and purchase (in a “name your price” scenario) at Bandcamp. The track features Palmer on piano, “spiritual editor” Ben Folds on drums, Ryan Lerman on guitar and producer/string arranger Jherek Bischoff on bass. Bischoff recently collaborated with Palmer on the David Bowie tribute EP Strung Out in Heaven, which came out in February. 

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For the past year, Palmer has been releasing music via the Patreon system, where her patrons (now over 7,000) donate one dollar with each new track. She discusses that unique creative platform, her unexpected career arc in recent years and the inspiration behind “Machete” in a statement issued to Stereogum. 

“I’ve released ten pieces of Patreon content this year and this one, ‘Machete,’ is my first full-band production since recording ‘Theatre is Evil’ in 2012 with John Congleton,” Palmer writes. “Since then, I’ve been pulled and stretched by lots of off-road opportunities: a Kickstarter, a Kickstarter kerfuffle, a TED talk about the Kickstarter kerfuffle, a book about the TED talk (which wound up being more of a meditation on the art of asking), a pregnancy, and (wait for it) a baby.”

“Machete” was inspired by Palmer’s “best friend” and “spiritual mentor” Anthony, who died this summer from a rare form of leukemia. 

“He was a total goddamn contradiction,” she writes. “He yelled at waiters, he yelled in traffic, he gave me my first can of mace, and he collected guns, sabers, brass knuckles and nunchucks. He had boxes of exotic knives. A Buddhist weapon-obsessive. His private therapists’ study where we did our deep talking and bonding, my teenage haven, was decorated with boxing gloves and rifles. We did not hold the same stance on gun control. I told him I wanted all the guns to be bought back by the government and hurled into the ocean.”

She continues by explaining: “He often told me he would leave me the whole collection, and when he died this summer, I knew there was a song in there somewhere. And there was; it emerged about five months after he died and two months after I gave birth to [her son, Anthony]. I recorded it about a month later with the loving encouragement of my friends … We used my patreon budget to record it over two days in two studios in L.A. while I was there for Christmas visiting relatives. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with the arsenal. Maybe I’ll leave it to the baby when I die and he can deal with it.”

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Fourth annual Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort to feature special shaped balloons, live music and more

The award-winning Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort returns to the Hill Country Easter weekend, March 25-27 with hot air balloons, skydivers, and live music featuring Ed Kowalczyk, the former lead singer of the band Live.Tickets and hotel packages available at balloonsoverhsbresort.com or by calling 877-611-0112HORSESHOE BAY, Texas, March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty hot-air balloons from across America will converge at the award-winning Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort on Easter weekend, March 25-27, at the AAA four-diamond Horseshoe Bay Resort.  This year’s festival will feature new…

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Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw Join ACM Awards Performance Lineup

As previously predicted, Chris Stapleton will be performing during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3rd, where is nominated in several key categories. Additionally, superstars Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan (who is co-hosting the event) will perform on the show, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Though not a nominee, Tim McGraw will grace the ACM Awards stage to give the national television debut of his new single “Humble and Kind,” which appears on his 2015 album Damn Country Music. Details about Stapleton’s performance haven’t been specified, but anticipation will be running high to see if he has a trick up his sleeve to rival his epic CMA Awards appearance with Justin Timberlake.

Stapleton’s seven nominations (including two recent ones in the Song of the Year category for “Nobody to Blame”) makes him the most-nominated artist overall, while Thomas Rhett has three of his own, including Album of the Year (for Tangled Up) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Aldean and Bryan each have two nominations, including Entertainer of the Year.

These artists join previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, co-host Dierks Bentley, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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LiveList Launches Live, Linear Programming with New Channels Feature

VENICE, Calif., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LiveList, the ultimate guide to discovering live streaming concerts, today announced the launch of Channels to give fans an even more immersive experience through live, linear programming. Channels are live music playlists based around…

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