Halloween only rolls around once a year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other occasions — say, a sold-out show in Kansas City, Missouri, during your band’s final performance on Keith Urban’s Escape Together World Tour — worthy of dressing up in costume and letting your freak flag fly. That’s what Taylor Swift did on August 8, 2009, when the singer and three members of her road band stormed the stage during Urban’s headlining set, decked out in classic Kiss garb. Taylor Swift Will Headline ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ 2015 Sporting face paint, platform boots, black wigs and spandex pants, the Kiss clones chose their entrance wisely: during the first chorus of Urban’s then-current singl, “Kiss a Girl,” which had climbed its way up the pop and country charts earlier that summer. They stayed onstage for the remainder of the song, taking super-sized strums on their instruments and even lining up beside Urban for some synchronized dance moves
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David Guetta’s next album, Listen , opens with the sound of a piano. Eventually, a drum kit provides the opening track, “Dangerous,” with a crisp beat, and the guitar and bass lock into a disco-funk groove; a few minutes later, a string section brings it all to a close. “I wanted to challenge myself a lot and move out of my comfort zone,” the DJ tells Rolling Stone , explaining the origin of this “more emotional” song and LP.
Singer Emily West, who charmed TV viewers as a finalist on the most recent edition of NBC’s America’s Got Talent earlier this year, has inked a deal with Sony Music’s Masterworks label. On December 2nd, West will release a two-track digital single on the label’s imprint, Portrait. The single will include her rendition of the Sia hit, “Chandelier,” which proved a fan favorite when she performed it during the TV talent competition. Just in time for the holidays, the single will also include her version of Christmas standard, “Santa Baby.” Sara Evans Gets ‘Choked Up’ Making Holiday LP A full-length album from the Iowa native is slated for release in spring 2015 and will be the result of a partnership between the artist, Sony and Pledge Music. While the disc is being released on the Portrait imprint, a successful online fundraising effort via Pledge Music to complete the album will enable fans to receive additional personalized bonus tracks and exclusive content.
Scottish alternative hip-hop trio Young Fathers were the surprise winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, triumphing over a host of better-known names including FKA Twigs, Royal Blood and Blur’s Damon Albarn. 45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far The band’s album Dead – while critically acclaimed for its mix of De La Soul-style grooves and sonic experimentation – was a rank outsider going into the ceremony, held Wednesday night at London’s Roundhouse venue. But despite having sold fewer than 2,500 copies in the U.K., it was declared the best British or Irish album of the last 12 months in a result shocking enough to rival any of the ceremony’s previous upsets – as when Blur’s Parklife lost to M People’s Elegant Slumming in 1994 or when Roni Size / Reprazent’s New Forms triumphed over Radiohead’s OK Computer in 1997. Young Fathers, formed in Edinburgh in 2008, seemed as surprised as anyone.
For serious fans of Garth Brooks, Halloween just became the new Christmas. Man Against Machine , Brooks’ first collection of new material in 13 years, won’t hit retailers until November 11th. That hasn’t stopped Brooks from offering up a sneak peak at the album’s 14 tracks — nearly half of which were co-written by the singer himself — via GhostTunes, the new digital music distributor that Brooks launched earlier this fall. The free preview starts tonight at midnight and runs for a full 24 hours, coming to a close as Halloween gives way to November 1st. Garth Brooks Rages Against ‘Machine’ on New Album “A friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling for this new record,” Brooks wrote in an email that was sent to his fans this morning.
Twenty-fourteen, it seems, is the year of the Basement Tapes. Recorded in 1967 and first reported in a 1968 Rolling Stone cover story, the legendary collaborations between Bob Dylan and the Band were partially released in 1975 and have been bootlegged for nearly 50 years. 20 Overlooked Bob Dylan Classics Now, the full 138-track collection is coming out on November 4th. One week later, Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes , follows close behind, featuring a supergroup of musicians tackling lost Dylan lyrics; and on November 21st at 9 p.m., Showtime is exploring the new tapes’ project with a documentary titled Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued . Watch Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James and the rest of this new (lowercase) band take on “Six Months in Kansas City (Liberty Street),” one of the final tracks to appear on the album, right here. With a trio including Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens nailing the back-up vocals and almost outshining the rest of the unit, Costello and company roll through the track, building to stunning close that finds them repeating the title again and again
With their new “Let’s Fix It” campaign, non-profit group Why Tuesday? is aiming to rally the public and Congress toward fixing a broken voting system – one which currently ranks 138th out of 172 nations in terms of voter turnout. To raise awareness for the cause, the organization has announced a nationwide contest offering $64,000 to the individual who comes closest to guessing the national voter turnout numbers for the 2014 midterm election. On November 2nd, Why Tuesday? is also hosting the New York City kick-off concert-rally Let’s Fix it Get Out ALL of the Vote, which includes a headlining performance from the Roots.
Cream have confirmed details of a career-spanning 6-LP vinyl box set due out next month.
Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen has praised Metallica for the way they treat other artists.
Thirteen years after Afroman released his weed-themed novelty song “Because I Got High,” the rapper-singer has returned to remake his breakthrough single to support nationwide marijuana legalization efforts. Western States’ Weed Explosion Where the original song found the rapper making a series of increasingly poor personal decisions because of weed, the “Because I Got High” Positive Remix above takes a more pragmatic approach, detailing the advantages of legalizing weed. “I had problems with glaucoma/But then I got high/Smelled the cannibis aroma/And I got high/Glaucoma getting better and I know why,” sings Afroman. The Grammy-nominated artist goes on to extol the added revenue states like Colorado and Washington have realized since relaxing their respective marijuana laws. “They built a school or two/Because I got high,” sings Afroman
All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band , Imagine and Mind Games , are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon comps that came out in 2010. Power to the People collects Lennon’s singles, including non-album cuts like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Cold Turkey.” Gimme Some Truth breaks up the Lennon catalog into four themes, including protest songs, love songs, life ruminations and covers of tunes that inspired him. And the John Lennon Signature Box , which contains the albums, singles and a disc of “home tapes” demo recordings, including versions of “Mother,” “God” and “Isolation.” ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Reborn: Behind the Film’s Restoration Although Lennon’s late Sixties experimental collaborations with Yoko Ono – including Unfinished Music No.