Los Angeles grunge band L7 have confirmed the reunion they teased fans with last December with new festival dates and a Kickstarter page in support of their documentary, L7: Pretend We’re Dead . Women Who Rock: Greatest Breakthrough Moments On December 10th, the band posted a personal message on their official Facebook page, noting that the original lineup of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Demetra Plakas were in talks to play live together for the first time in 14 years. Requesting support and “continued enthusiasm” from fans, the band sought to rebuild a mailing list, gathering e-mail addresses via their official site.
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Pharrell Williams has found a lot of luck in his solo career with making tracks for children’s movies. For the soundtrack of the upcoming The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water , though, the producer gets his pop-rock trio N.E.R.D. back to partake in some goofy, nautical fun in the new clip for their single “Squeeze Me” as well as two other new tracks. The Best of N.E.R.D Shay Haley, Chad Hugo, and Williams can be seen getting two-dimensional in the video for “Squeeze Me,” a track released in December that had been their first recording since 2010’s Nothing LP. The video comes on the heels of the Spongebob Movie ‘s soundtrack, released today on iTunes and Spotify, which features two other light and fun N.E.R.D. songs named for prominent Spongebob Squarepants characters “Patrick Star” and “Sandy Squirrel.” On the playful, funky and sing-along-ready “Patrick Star,” Pharrell sings “look at who the smart guy is now” about the film’s perpetual sidekick: “Sandy Squirrel,” about the “squirrel living in the sea,” is more romantic but just as tropical and aquatic as the other tracks from the album, which features Spongebob singing the rest of the non-N.E.R.D.
The Band Perry siblings are moonlighting as talent scouts. Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have signed on to be curators of the third-annual Grammy Amplifier contest, alongside reggae legend Ziggy Marley and singer-songwriter Allen Stone. Sponsored by Hyundai and the Recording Academy, the online talent competition aims to find music’s next big thing through performance video submissions. Mark Ronson’s Life in 10 Songs The Top 25 contestants, to be determined by track plays and social media “amplifications,” will be brought together for a mentorship experience, during which the Perrys, Marley and Stone will select a smaller group of finalists. “We love discovering new music and can’t wait to hear the next wave of emerging talent,” the Band Perry write in an email to Rolling Stone Country .
Primus will bring their psychedelic tribute to the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory back to North America for a spring run. The band will offer its own brand of chocolate bars and Oompa Loompas first in Minneapolis on April 8th then across the states before ending on May 7th at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks. 50 Best Albums of 2014 The tour coincides with the release of a deluxe edition of Primus’ latest record (and first with their classic lineup in nearly 20 years), Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble . The new edition has been remixed into 5.1 surround sound and comes with a bonus live CD
Years before he topped the country charts with his own songs, Lee Brice was writing them for other artists. Watch Garth Brooks and Justin Timberlake Sing Surprise Duet After kicking off a co-headlining winter tour with Chris Young last weekend, Brice made a quick detour to Boston, where he joined Garth Brooks for a surprise performance of “More Than a Memory” at the TD Garden (watch video of the duet below). Brooks, who was wrapping up a sold-out, six-show residency at the venue, had taken “More Than a Memory” to Number One in 2007, giving Brice his first hit as a songwriter. The TD Garden performance marked the pair’s first time sharing the stage, not to mention one of the first times in recent memory that Brooks has invited an unannounced guest to join him in concert.
Gregg Allman recently wrapped up his first post-Allman Brothers Band solo tour, but the “Whipping Post” singer has already made plans to get back out on the road with a newly announced spring tour. While Allman’s January trek saw the rocker circling the southeastern United States, his next tour will travel from Ohio and Iowa to Los Angeles and Austin. The Allmans’ Last Stand Among the notable stops on Allman’s tour include two nights at Chicago’s House of Blues on March 19th and 20th, an appearance at Indio, California’s Stagecoach Festival and an April 24th gig at Los Angeles’ famed Roxy Theatre. After three shows in Texas, the 21-date tour will culminate with a May 9th performance on the Austin City Limits stage. Like his previous trek, Allman will be joined on the road by guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin
On January 30th, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their side project Mad Season’s lone LP Above with a unique performance alongside the Seattle Symphony. The event is called “Mad Season Sonic Evolution,” and fellow Seattle greats like Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (filling in for the late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley), Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will also take part in the event. Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan to Join Reunited Mad Season Additionally, the Mad Season Sonic Evolution event, which will also “pay tribute to Seattle-bands Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mad Season and more,” revealed on the Pearl Jam Facebook page that three more “mystery” guests have signed on for the performance, joining the aforementioned rockers and conductor Ludovic Morlot with the Seattle Symphony. While the event sold out long ago, the Vitalogy Foundation have set up a contest where winners will receive a pair of tickets to the show plus $1,000 in travel expenses and a meet-and-greet with McCready and other members of the Sonic Evolution gig.
When Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye split up in October 2014, Oasis fans immediately began wondering whether Liam and Noel Gallagher could finally cast aside their differences and reunite the (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? band after nearly six years apart. While Noel Gallagher originally recommended that Liam “should make a solo record,” signaling he had no plans to reform Oasis, it appears as though the brothers’ icy relationship has thawed a little. In a new interview with Q , Noel Gallagher says that an Oasis reunion is “always a possibility,” as long as some festival organizer is willing to shell out the big bucks. Watch Noel Gallagher Dissect Oasis’ Legendary Fights “Nobody has made us an offer.
Ryan Adams’ 2014 self-titled album was one of the most downcast, melancholic in the singer-songwriter’s vast catalog. While much of Ryan Adams ‘ moodier tone was likely the result of his struggle with the debilitating Ménière’s disease and the death of his grandmother, this too perhaps informed his latest LP: Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore announced they are divorcing after nearly six years of marriage. Us Weekly confirms that the unlikely couple – he a prolific rocker, she a former pop star – are splitting up. Ryan Adams’ Road to Recovery In a joint statement, the couple said, “Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost six years. It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time.” According to Radar Online, Moore filed for divorce in Los Angeles while Adams was in New York to perform on Late Night With Seth Meyers .
California alt-rock stalwarts Cracker explore both the punk and country sides to their sound on the double LP Berkeley to Bakersfield . One of the highlights of the project — that is quickly becoming a live favorite, judging by a recent performance at City Winery in Nashville — is “California Country Boy,” sung by guitarist Johnny Hickman. The group put together a “video essay” for the song, which Rolling Stone Country is premiering above.
Filmmakers Michael Moore and Seth Rogen’s negative comments regarding the movie American Sniper — a contender for Best Picture at the Oscars next month — have evoked a rather colorful response from self-proclaimed “American Bad Ass” Kid Rock. The musician took particular umbrage with the Bowling for Columbine director’s statement that Moore’s uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II and that he was raised to believe snipers were cowards. 7 Things We Know About Kid Rock’s ‘First Kiss’ “Fuck you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you,” Kid Rock wrote on his website. “Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon.” He also paid his respects to the deceased Navy SEAL whose story was the basis of the movie