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Rosanne Cash on Paris: 'We Have to Book the Bataclan This Year'

Concert calendars throughout Europe continue to shift this week, while musicians and booking agents struggle with major security concerns raised by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. 

But for Rosanne Cash, who performed 25 years ago at the Bataclan, where nearly 100 music fans were killed during a massacre at last weekend’s Eagles of Death Metal concert, the horrific tragedy only increases her desire to make a return appearance. “As soon as this happened, I called my manager and said, ‘We have to book the Bataclan this year,'” she told The New York Times.

Cash first performed at the venue in 1990, during her Interiors tour. “It was one of those nights when every moment was beautiful,” she tells Rolling Stone. Her then-husband Rodney Crowell was with her that night too, and the couple ended the evening with a late-night dinner at a nearby restaurant, where they received a standing ovation from other hungry patrons who’d just left the same concert hall. 

Members of the Cadillac Three, who wrapped up a short U.K. tour just one day before the Parisian attacks, echo Cash’s sentiments. Drummer Neil Mason says the guys have no plans to scrap their return trip in January.

“I think it’s important that everyone comes together and and says, ‘This is not the way the majority of the world wants to treat each other,’ and music is a good outlet for that,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “To see people coming together and being part of a crowd again, right after those attacks — that’s standing up to it. Because the truth of the matter is, what terrorists want is for people to hide. They want people to cancel shows. And we’re not gonna do that.”

Country headliner Brantley Gilbert, however, has pulled the plug on his Black Out Tour, returning home after just three shows in Germany and the Netherlands, while artists like Kacey Musgraves and American Aquarium are moving forward with their own overseas runs. And once January hits, the Cadillac Three, John Moreland, Jason Isbell and Rod Picott will all kick off European tours, with one show — Isbell and Moreland’s January 18th engagement at La Maroquinerie — occurring less than 1.5 miles from the Bataclan.

Rita Wilson Announces New Album, Spring Tour

Actress and musician Rita Wilson will release her self-titled second LP early in 2016 and is taking the new music on the road. The singer-songwriter co-wrote all the tunes on her follow-up to 2012’s AM/FM, teaming with some of Nashville’s top tunesmiths for the project, including Matraca Berg, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, the Warren Brothers and Kristian Bush. Producers on the new LP include Nathan Chapman, Richard Marx, John Shanks and Babyface.

Wilson’s tour will kick off in March, stopping in more than 20 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Chicago and Nashville. Before hitting the road, Wilson will settle in for a residency at New York’s Café Carlyle, from February 23rd to March 5th. Pre-sale ticket information is available on her website

Born in Hollywood, Wilson, who is married to Oscar winner Tom Hanks, is recognized for her numerous onscreen roles in films (Sleepless in Seattle, It’s Complicated) and TV (The Good Wife, Girls), as well as in live theater. A friendship with famed songwriter — and former American Idol judge — Kara DioGuardi was the encouragement she needed to try her hand at co-writing, in spite of what she says made for some initially awkward encounters.

“It was really nerve-racking, because you go in, meet complete strangers and expose yourself,” Wilson tells Rolling Stone Country of her earliest efforts. “You leave there after you’ve had musical intercourse, and you’re left with a beautiful song baby. [Laughs] You have to be open to everything and let it all hang out without any sort of protection. That’s what I find so humbling is that people are willing to do that.”

Here are the dates on Rita Wilson’s spring tour.
March 29 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
March 30 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
April 1-2 – San Francisco, CA @ Feinstein’s at Hotel Nikko
April 5 – Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center
April 6 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 8 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
April 9 – Austin, TX @ Stateside at the Paramount
April 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theater
April 14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 15 – Ponte Vedra Beach @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 17 – Athens, GA @ The Foundry
April 19 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
April 21 – Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre of Durham
April 23 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
April 24 – Vienna, VA @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
April 26 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
April 27 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
April 29 – South Orange, NJ @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
April 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
May 3 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery Chicago
May 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Bruce Springsteen Headed to 'Saturday Night Live'

This December, Bruce Springsteen will return to Saturday Night Live for the first time since 2002. On December 19th, he will be the musical guest on a show co-hosted by SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who will co-star in the new film Sisters later this year.

Springsteen’s episode comes just before the holiday break and follows a stacked holiday line-up. On December 5th, soul newcomer Leon Bridges will be the musical guest on an episode hosted by first-time host Ryan Gosling. Chris Hemsworth will be hosting for the second time this year on December 12th and will be joined by first-time musical guest Chance the Rapper.

Springsteen has been the show’s musical guest twice in its 40-year history. He made his SNL debut in 1992 alongside host Tom Hanks and appeared later in the Matt Damon 2002 episode. In 2011, his still-growing list of collectors’ edition box sets was parodied by the show with host Ben Stiller playing the rocker and Fred Armisen playing Steve Van Zandt. In the fake commercial, Stiller as Springsteen debuts a new box set called Bruce Springsteen: Just the Stories containing all his between-song anecdotes, including “My Brother Gave Me a Haircut With a Buck-knife” and “This One Time We All Got Bandanas.” Stiller has previously played Springsteen in a 1998 MTV skit that cast the singer as a huge Puff Daddy fan.

As SNL celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, Springsteen also celebrated a 40th anniversary for his iconic album Born to Run.

Chris Stapleton, Kenny Rogers Join CMT's 'Artists of the Year'

CMT has revealed two of the recipients of special honors during its upcoming Artists of the Year special. The network’s sixth annual event, which singles out the year’s biggest acts in country music, airs live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Wednesday, December 2nd, and will feature performances from some of 2015’s most buzzworthy acts. That certainly describes the first CMT Artists of the Year Breakout Award recipient, singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton, who will perform during the telecast. Stapleton continues on his post-CMA Awards high as his LP Traveller tops the country chart as well as the all-genre Billboard 200.

Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About Chris Stapleton

The iconic Kenny Rogers will also be honored during the special, receiving the Artist of a Lifetime award, presented by Ram Trucks. The “Gambler” singer is only the second recipient of the award. Last year’s inaugural honor went to Merle Haggard.
“You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions,” Rogers says of the recognition in a statement. “You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough.”
The 90-minute special will focus on the five acts who have dominated CMT’s platforms as well as country radio in 2015. The five Artists of the Year for 2015 are Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt. More performers, presenters and special guests will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Hear Savages' Vicious New Song 'T.I.W.Y.G.'

Savages have followed up their first Adore Life single, “The Answer” with the vicious, rapid “T.I.W.Y.G.” The British post-punk band’s sophomore album will be out on January 22nd via Matador.

On the new track, lead singer Jehnny Beth repeats “this is what you get when you mess with love” over the increasingly aggressive guitar and drums. It follows the propulsive “The Answer,” which had Beth singing “love is the answer.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Beth noted that Adore Life would be a more intense follow-up to the band’s powerful 2013 debut Silence Yourself. “We wanted to write the hardest, most extreme songs we could every write,” she said in May, noting that they had been sequestered in a tiny studio in Primrose Hill, North London while making the album. “But the room was really small so we started to write ballads. We were like, ‘What the fuck is going on?’ We had to move out eventually.”

Rascal Flatts Extend Las Vegas Residency

While Las Vegas often sends its visitors away begging for mercy (or a loan), country artists like Rascal Flatts can’t seem to stay away for long.

Recently, the country trio of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney announced a second run of nine dates for its Las Vegas residency, now dubbed “Rascal Flatts Rhythm and Roots,” and scheduled to kick off February 17th. The shows will return Rascal Flatts to the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and wrap up March 5th. Tickets for the shows go on sale November 20th. 

In February 2015, Rascal Flatts became the first country band to get its own Las Vegas residency with the nine-show “Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot!” in the 4000-capacity room the Joint. The shows were designed to put a focus on the guys’ harmonies while peeling back some of the bigger production touches of their past arena tours.

Before Rascal Flatts make their return to the Joint, the venue will benefit from National Finals Rodeo’s presence in Las Vegas December 3rd through 12th. Those in town will have a chance to catch Little Big Town with Ashley Monroe on December 4th, as well as a two-night stand by Gary Allan on December 11th and 12th.

Once Rascal Flatts finishes this residency, Las Vegas will welcome George Strait’s limited-run “Strait to Vegas” to the new Las Vegas Arena on April 22nd. At this point, Strait only has eight shows scheduled through February 2017 but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of booking additional dates.

Unlocking the Truth's Teenage Metal Maestro Transcends Novelty

WHO: The members of Unlocking the Truth might be young — singer-guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and bassist Alec Atkins are both 14, while drummer Jarad Dawkins is 13 — but don’t call them a boy band. Rather, the Brooklyn-based three-piece specializes in grinding, thrashy jams that are more Metallica than One Direction. Brickhouse, who began playing guitar at seven years old, says he first got into heavy metal through, of all things, professional wrestling. “Jarad and I loved all the intro music the different wrestlers had,” he says. “That led us to check out bands like Disturbed and Linkin Park.” The two began jamming together, eventually adding their friend Atkins on bass and holding practices in the basement of the Brickhouse family home in East Flatbush. “We were doing covers for a long time, stuff like [Disturbed’s] ‘Down With the Sickness,'” Brickhouse recalls. “Then around 2012 we started making our own songs.”

STREET SONGS: Unlocking the Truth first came to public attention after Brickhouse’s father, Tracey, filmed the boys performing outside a Times Square subway station and uploaded it to YouTube. The clip, appropriately titled “Brutal Breakdown,” quickly went viral, and has since registered close to 2 million views. In the aftermath, the band became something of a phenomenon, opening shows for the likes of Motörhead and Guns N’ Roses, performing at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo and on TV shows like The View, and even landing a much-publicized (and scrutinized) multi-album deal with Sony worth a reported $1.8 million. It’s all a long way from the streets of Times Square. “Those days are pretty much behind us,” Brickhouse says of playing on the sidewalk for tips. “And that’s good. Because we would stay out all day, Saturday and Sunday, doing it from 12 in the afternoon to 10 o’clock at night. It was fun … but it wasn’t that fun”

THE REAL THING: Brickhouse, Atkins and Dawkins were all in middle school when Unlocking the Truth started gaining popularity; while the singer says that his classmates like and support his band, he also admits that, for the most part, none of them listen to metal. “They’re all into rap,” he says. “I like rap too, but I’m just into metal more.” As for why he’s drawn to the heavy stuff? “Metal is, like, true. It’s real music and it actually means something. I feel like the lyrics are more personal and I can relate to them. Also, it’s fun to listen to different instruments.”

IN CONTROL: Unlocking the Truth have yet to release a studio album — they were set to issue their debut through Sony last year, but the project was shelved after that deal fell apart. They’re currently in the studio with Disturbed producer Johnny K, re-recording some of those tracks alongside several new ones for an upcoming EP, which Brickhouse hopes to have out in early 2016. And while the band began as a strictly instrumental outfit — “It was mainly because of our voices; I didn’t think anybody wanted to hear little kids singing” — Brickhouse takes the vocal reins on their new songs. As for what he’s singing about? “We have our empowering songs, like ‘Free As You Wanna Be’ and ‘Take Control,’ which are about not letting society choose how you feel,” he says. “Then we also have some heartbreak songs. And a few of the others, I call them our evil songs, because they’re about demons and fictional stuff like that.”

NO NOVELTY ACT: While the band members’ ages (and also, admittedly, their skin color) have helped to garner them plenty of attention — “The first thing is always, ‘Oh, my God! They’re black and they’re young and they play metal,'” Brickhouse says — that sort of recognition has its downsides. “A lot of people think of us as a novelty,” he continues. “Especially when they watch the old videos of us in Times Square, because we weren’t so good then.” Though Brickhouse acknowledges that there are those who “will always look at us as a gimmick,” he also believes the band’s new material will go a long way toward changing minds. “When this album comes out, people that think we’re just a novelty are going to be proved very wrong,” he says assuredly. “Because this album is amazing.”

Hatsune Miku Releases Miku Ecpo 2016 Theme Song

Hatsune Miku has released the theme song for Miku Expo 2016 that features Blue Star feat. 初音ミク by 八王子P. Check it out right HERE.


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Abbath Announces New Tour as a Part of the Decibel Magazine Tour

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