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Bonnaroo Details ‘Throwback Superjam Dance Party’

Pretty Lights, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo will lead another characteristically eclectic Bonnaroo Superjam, which will be held Saturday night of the festival, June 13th, at 1:30 a.m. 45 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2014 Officially dubbed the “Throwback Superjam Dance Party,” the rest of the lineup includes Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, fun.) Chance the Rapper, Reggie Watts, Jamie Lidell, Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Karl Denson, Oteil Burbridge, Robert “Sput” Searight (of instrumental fusion group Snarky Puppy), Brian Coogan and Brownout Horns. Special guests Cherub and Rhiannon Giddens will also take the stage, and organizers, as always, have promised more surprises. Last year’s Superjam  was helmed by Skrillex and featured a wide array of artists such as A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, comedian Craig Robinson, Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz and the Doors’ Robby Krieger.

Michael Jackson Molestation Lawsuit Dismissed

A molestation lawsuit filed against the Michael Jackson  estate by choreographer Wade Robson was dismissed Tuesday by a Los Angeles judge who ruled that Robson waited too long to seek legal action. Robson, who previously testified under oath that Jackson never molested him during the singer’s criminal trial in 2005, later sued the Jackson estate in May 2013, claiming Jackson molested him during a seven-year stretch that began in 1990 when Robson was seven, the New York Post reports . The Jackson estate had denied  Robson’s allegations. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his decision that Robson could file a lawsuit “only for a reasonable time period after any violence, intimidation or threatening conduct by the decedent ceases.” The alleged molestation occurred between 1990 and 1997; Robson waited 16 years before taking legal action

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Will Appear on Jim Breuer’s Album

AC/DC  frontman Brian Johnson recorded vocals for a song on Jim Breuer’s upcoming rock album, the comedian giddily revealed during an interview on SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton Show . AC/DC Shake Coachella With First Show in Six Years Breuer delivered his dead-on impression of Johnson throughout the story, relaying his grumblings about drummer Phil Rudd — who recently pleaded guilty  to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant — and casual, masterful recording process. At their initial meeting, Breuer recalled playing the rocker a handful of tracks from the album before the producer presented the song he’d been slaving over for months in anticipation: “Brian turns on the music for like three seconds, says, ‘What’s the lyrics?’ He shows the lyrics and [Johnson] goes, ‘Eh! Bread and butter! See ya tomorrow.'” When Johnson and Breuer reconvened in the studio, instead of going into an isolated booth to record, Johnson set up in the room with the mixing board and just a microphone. “‘I don’t want no headphones — that’s fucking cheating!”‘ Breuer, as Johnson, said. “‘I’ll just stand here with a mic like I’m onstage.'” Breuer’s impression of Johnson did ultimately cause some confusion.

Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Jr. Headline New Country-Rock Fest

With 264 residents spread over six square miles, Sparta — a former railroad stop that sits 45 minutes south of Cincinnati — is one Kentucky’s smallest cities. Come August 28th, though, the local population will swell to more than 30,000, thanks to a new three-day music festival co-headlined by Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Jr., Brantley Gilbert and other country heavyweights.  Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals Announced this morning, the NiFi Festival is the first in a series of national fests launched by Nitro Fidelity, a California-based entertainment group, and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the auto racing corporation that owns eight of America’s most popular speedways. Working together, the two companies plan to host top-tier festivals at more than half of Speedway’s racing tracks over the next decade, including an event at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2016 and, if all goes according to plan, a Sonoma Speedway festival that could rival California-area events like Coachella  and Outside Lands.  The inaugural NiFi Fest, which kicks off August 28th at the Kentucky Speedway and runs through the 30th, will model itself after camping festivals like the upcoming Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee.  Top Chef contestant Edward Lee is heading up the food operations, and Huka Entertainment’s A.J. Nyland — who helped launch festivals like Hangout and Tortuga  — is booking the entertainment

RZA Directing Common, Azealia Banks in New Rap Film ‘Coco’

Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA  and rapper Azealia Banks are teaming for the upcoming musical drama Coco.  RZA will direct the Lionsgate/Codeblack Films feature, which stars Banks as a “twentysomething female rapper named Coco.” The Brooklyn-set film – which co-stars Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint – has already begun shooting in New York.  Azealia Banks’ Long, Twisted Road to Her Debut Album In the film, Banks’ protagonist dreams of pursuing a hip-hop career, but is persuaded by her parents to finish college. In a poetry class, she is transfixed by “the power of the spoken word,” developing a verbal strength that ends up propelling her toward her rap goals. “I’m extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment,” RZA said in a statement. “Producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today’s contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard.” The Hollywood Reporter notes that Scott will play a “a professor who believes that rapping and slam poetry cannot co-exist;” Toussaint will reportedly play Coco’s mother, and Common will appear as a “mentor figure.” Banks released her debut LP, the bold EDM-rap hybrid  Broke With Expensive Taste , in 2014.

Kasey Chambers Returns With New Album ‘Bittersweet’

Fifteen years after the U.S. release of her award-winning solo debut, The Captain , Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers will issue Bittersweet , her tenth studio album and first solo record since 2010’s Little Bird . Produced by Nick DiDia, known for his work with Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the Wallflowers, Chambers’ LP will be released July 24th via the Rounder Label Group. First available in Chambers’ native land last summer, the LP reached Number Two on Australia’s ARIA Music Chart

Abbey Road, Stankonia Open Up Studios for New Artists

The world’s most famous studios will be opening their doors to new and emerging artists later this year. Twelve studios — including London’s Abbey Road and Atlanta’s Stankonia — will host a total of 84 recording sessions in September. Take an Interactive Virtual Tour of Abbey Road Studios Converse Rubber Tracks, which will open the Boston affiliate to its Brooklyn studio, is sponsoring the program.

Icona Pop Declare State of ‘Emergency’ on New Song

Though the solstice is still a month away, Swedish pop duo Icona Pop  have welcomed summer with “Emergency,” an exuberant, feverish new song that boasts vocals from fellow Swede Erik Hassle. 50 Best Songs of 2012: Icona Pop, While “Emergency” invokes the same kind of breakneck delirium that made Icona Pop’s 2012 breakout hit  “I Love It”  a sudden, inescapable smash, the pair have swapped the relentless EDM thump for a big band-inspired groove. Anchored by a rollicking piano line, “Emergency” repeatedly builds to an infectious muted horn melody while Hassle, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo tap into their inner divas to deliver the track’s sultry vocals. “Emergency” is available to stream on Spotify  and for purchase via iTunes , Amazon and Google Play. Per a press release, Icona Pop have been in the studio working on new music, though there’s still no word on an official follow-up to 2013’s  This Is… Icona Pop

New App Allows Fans to Record With Taylor Hawkins, Phil Manzanera

Foo Fighters  drummer Taylor Hawkins, Roxy Music  guitarist Phil Manzanera and jam band Umphrey’s McGee have all contributed music to an app called WholeWorldBand , which allows users to create their own music by building around song stems uploaded by the artists. In Hawkins’ case, the drummer provided a video session that enables fans to write their own songs with the Foo Fighter on drums. “I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing,” Hawkins tells WholeWorldBand users. Sing Bono’s Band Aid 30 Lyrics to Help Fight Ebola Manzanera, who previously contributed a session to WholeWorldBand, is back for his second foray on the app

Jack White Pens Poem ‘Music Is Sacred’

Just days after Jack White   defended the value of music  in a Q&A, the rocker has expanded on those thoughts in a new poem titled “Music Is Sacred.” In the poem posted to his Third Man Records site , White pleads to “those of you who stand for the sanctity of music / So that its soul can breathe and be heard” and warns of “cowards and those who would intend to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire.” Jack White’s Tidal Claims: Fact vs. Fiction During White’s Q&A with Third Man Records subscribers and Facebook followers, the Lazaretto singer fielded inquiries regarding Tidal, Jay Z’s new high quality audio streaming service that White aligned with . When asked why his fans should pay a premium to stream music when they could listen for no charge on YouTube or Spotify’s freemium mode, White explained, “Don’t devalue musicians, man; support them. Making records is expensive, believe us

Madonna Postpones First Five Dates of Rebel Heart Tour

Madonna  has postponed the first five dates of her Rebel Heart tour . The tour was scheduled to kick off on August 29th in Miami, but she will now begin her international trek on September 9th in Montreal. Madonna Announces Rebel Heart Tour Along with two nights in Miami (August 29th and 30th), the pop star also moved dates in Atlanta (September 2nd) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (September 5th and 6th) to January 2016. “As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect,” Madonna said in a statement.

Del McCoury Handpicked by Woody Guthrie’s Family to Finish Lost Songs

“My wife says, ‘You should get in the studio and record,'” says Del McCoury with a laugh, “‘You’re going to run out of time one of these days.'” Inside the Bluegrass Civil War It’s the week before DelFest — McCoury’s eighth annual Memorial Day festival set for this weekend in Cumberland, Maryland — but the bluegrass legend sounds as relaxed as if he’s on an extended vacation. Clearly he’s as undaunted joking about his own mortality as he is about the idea of spending the holiday weekend performing in likely sweltering heat and humidity before capacity crowds on a stage just a stone’s throw from West Virginia. “I never did mind the road,” says McCoury, who turned 76 in February. “The first time I knew about homesickness was when I was married and moved to California and my wife had never been away from home. I’d look at her and think, ‘What is wrong with that girl?’ And then I realized she was homesick

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