Knotfest, the upcoming three-day bacchanal in San Bernardino, California organized by multi-platinum masked metallers Slipknot, will go down in history as the first rock festival to have an official smell. And that smell? Camel poop. Slipknot Bassist’s Doctor Charged With Manslaughter in Eight Deaths Boasts the press release, “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.” “We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest
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After U2, Interscope Records and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to 500 million iTunes customers, a spokesperson for the Grammys said that the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the September 30th cutoff. After ‘Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album With that deadline quickly approaching, U2 have sent a limited number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers that will be available to buy on Tuesday’s cutoff date, a source close to the situation tells Rolling Stone . A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. “As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says. The group will release a deluxe edition of Songs of Innocence , with four additional songs, on October 14th, two weeks after the eligibility cutoff.
With two Wings reissues slated for the fall, Paul McCartney has begun making lyric videos for songs that came out years before the video era. First up is the Venus and Mars track “Call Me Back Again.” The soulful song, which featured heavily on Wings set lists at the time and appeared on the group’s Wings Over America live album, now has imagery from the obvious (telephones) to the imaginative (colorful animations of people walking). Paul McCartney Preps 3-Disc Collector’s Edition of ‘New’ The video heralds the deluxe treatments that the former Beatle is giving both Wings’ 1975 album, Venus and Mars , and the following year’s Wings at the Speed of Sound . The former featured the hit single “Listen to What the Man Said,” while the latter contained fan favorites “Silly Love Songs” and “Let ‘Em In.” The two-disc deluxe versions, which both will come out on November 4th, have been expanded to include demos and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a remastered copy of the original album. The three-disc configuration contains a hardback book with previously unpublished photos, interviews with McCartney, track-by-track info and a bonus DVD with footage from around the time each record was released
George Jones is getting his own museum. The man often regarded as the greatest country music singer of all-time will be celebrated and remembered with the George Jones Museum, a new facility set to open in downtown Nashville. George Jones Dead at 81 “We are overjoyed to share George’s legacy and memory with the Nashville community,” Jones’ widow Nancy Jones said in a statement announcing the museum. “We hope that this will draw George’s friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City.” While no timetable has been given for the museum’s opening, the building is already standing: a former multi-story nightclub on Second Avenue, just north of Nashville’s famed strip of honky-tonks on Lower Broadway
During the recent Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Jim Lauderdale was positively everywhere. He hosted the Americana Music Association’s annual awards show at the Ryman Auditorium, something he has done since the inaugural ceremony in 2002. Lauderdale held forth at his own showcase, performing songs from his most recent album, I’m a Song — the fourth the prolific singer/songwriter has released in the last 12 months.
Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Theresa Wayman plays guitar and sings for Warpaint, a Los Angeles indie rock quartet known for their blurry jams, sultry beats, and cascading layers of noise and melody.
Following the global success of their most recent album 13 , which debuted at Number One in the United States and several other countries, Black Sabbath have decided to record another album. Ozzy Osbourne told Metal Hammer that he hoped to begin the writing sessions with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler in early 2015. “We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour,” he said. Black Sabbath Offer a Peek Into the Studio Osbourne reported that the experience of making and touring around 13 was positive all around and that the band left things off on friendly terms after their tour earlier this year
Jay Z and Beyoncé may have just wrapped up their On the Run tour earlier this month, but the pair aren’t finished sharing the stage yet. During his headlining performance at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, the rapper brought his wife out as a surprise guest for two songs in the couple’s New York hometown. See Beyonce and Jay Z’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’-Like ‘Bang Bang’ Beyoncé made a dramatic entrance onto the Central Park stage to close out Jay Z’s set, delivering her take on Justin Timberlake’s vocal parts for “Holy Grail.” After finishing that number, Jay Z rallied the audience with an acknowledgment of the event’s poverty-fighting mission: “If you’re committed to this Global Citizen movement, we need lighters, lighters, lighters, lighters!” With that, the pair launched into “Young Forever,” to which Jay Z added some further exhortations to the cause. “We’re gonna end extreme poverty by 2030! It’s on you, New York City!” The rapper’s call for individual efforts echoes the ethos of the concert’s hosts, the Global Poverty Project, which offers 80 percent of its festival tickets free to those who participate in poverty-related activism through its online platform. “Change only takes place when and where there is action,” Jay Z said in a statement earlier this summer
BitTorrent helped shepherd Thom Yorke’s surprise new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes onto the internet on Friday as the service’s first paygated music bundle and a potential new distribution model for artists who want to take control over file-sharing. The company’s Chief Content Officer, Matt Mason, spoke with Fader shortly after the release about how the experiment came to be and what he hopes can come out of it. Thom Yorke’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes': Track-By-Track Guide According to Mason, the idea of the BitTorrent bundle was inspired by Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want model for In Rainbows . “It’s just been the absolute gold standard for how to do something direct-to-fan on the internet,” Mason said, noting that BitTorrent’s goal was to scale the method so that anybody could publish something in the same way. He was introduced to Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich through Radiohead’s manager, and told them about his bundle idea
Right on the heels of the release of their first album, Sukierae , Tweedy unleashed a quirky, cameo-filled music video for their track “Low Key” that takes a lighthearted poke at a troubled record industry. Directed by Parks and Recreation ‘s Nick Offerman, the video highlights the alt-rockers’ DIY ethic while demonstrating some unusual efforts to sell the album. Inside Jeff Tweedy’s Family Affair The video begins with the snappily-dressed father-and-son team stepping into a meeting with a music executive played by John Hodgman. “The recording industry is in the toilet,” they’re told, and they’ll have to market, promote, distribute and sell their own record. And so they take off on a motorcycle built for two, going door-to-door to try sell their record to a series of indifferent homedwellers including Melissa McCarthy, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini, Chance the Rapper and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.
“This is the part where we introduce ourselves,” André 3000, clad in his signature white wig and black jumpsuit with a sold out tag attached, said a few songs into last night’s Outkast show – their first in Atlanta since going on hiatus in the late aughts. “But if you’re here, you probably know who we are.” 5 Blazing Hot Outkast Performances That may be an understatement for the estimated 20,000 fans crammed into Downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park: Friday night was not just about celebrating Outkast, the hip-hop outfit, but Outkast, the symbol of Atlanta’s identity. Still, even though the duo is partially responsible for transforming Georgia’s capital city into the nation’s hip-hop mecca, their summer 20th anniversary tour originally included no local dates.
In February 2010, when sultry Alabama-born singer Allison Moorer released her last album, Crows , she was married (to fellow musician Steve Earle) and was just two months away from the birth of the couple’s son, John Henry. Now, nearly five years later, as she prepares for the release of her next LP, the brilliant — and extraordinarily candid — Down to Believing (due March 17, 2015, on E1 Records), she is separated from Earle and navigating the bewildering diagnosis of John Henry’s autism. Justin Townes Earle’s Label Fight It’s hardly the first time Moorer has addressed personal struggles (or tragedies) on record. Those tragedies include the murder-suicide of her parents in 1986, when Moorer was 14 and older sister, singer Sheby Lynne, was 17. Moorer was in Nashville last week to debut songs from the new album at the Americana Music Association conference.