Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure . The show – officially titled “Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson” – will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more. Each artist will sing a Wilson-penned tune. The guest of honor, Brian Wilson himself, will also make a special appearance
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Beth Hart has premiered her video for Mechanical Heart via TeamRock.
Following several public appearances around the UK in support of his upcoming album So Help Me God , Kanye West gave a more intimate and private talk at the prestigious Oxford University on Monday afternoon. The rapper discussed classism in fashion and revealed that Steve McQueen, the director of Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave , has helmed the video for his latest single “All Day.” Kanye West Premieres New Song at BRIT Awards “I was sitting with Steve McQueen; he shot the visuals for ‘All Day’ two days ago. It’s completely different to the Brit Awards,” revealed West. He dropped this information while telling an anecdote about a conversation with McQueen where the rapper compared The Matrix to the Bible. “What I said was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age,” explained West
Helloween say their upcoming album My God-Given Right has a “friendly” feel and takes elements from their 80s’ era.
Doro Pesch says she’s currently working on a live DVD package which she plans to release later this year.
Former founding Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge isn’t letting his public breakup from the band get in the way of releasing new music. Just over a month after Blink-182 announced that their guitarist had left the band “indefinitely,” DeLonge revealed plans to release an album titled To the Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends . The LP, which will arrive on April 21st, comes directly from DeLonge’s “personal stash.” DeLonge also shared a short trailer for the album featuring snippets of four new songs: DeLonge also launched a new website detailing the many different formats To the Stars… will be available in, ranging from traditional CDs and vinyl to deluxe editions featuring T-shirts and signed lithographs of the album’s artwork. Consequence of Sound reports that the album’s track list will be unveiled on March 16th, followed by new music on March 23rd and April 6th. Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Responds to Bandmates After Blink-182 replaced DeLonge with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba at an upcoming gig, members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker went on a vicious tirade about the “ungrateful” DeLonge backing out of plans to record a new album this year
The studio version of Kanye West’s new So Help Me God single, “All Day” is now streaming online. The rapper premiered the song, with fire-breathing pyrotechnics, at the BRIT Awards last week, where he visibly astonished the likes of Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie. Watch Kanye West’s Poignant Speech on Racism at BET Honors The proper version of the song shows off its triumphant synth line and bouncy beat, as well as West’s one-liners like, “You a fake Denzel like the Allstate nigga/If you run in to me, better have Allstate with you” and guest Allan Kingdom’s soulful vocals. Since the tune debuted on radio, the song features a few voice-over interruptions and censored N-words
A punk band from Finland have been chosen to represent their country at this year’s Eurovision song contest.
Madonna has announced dates for an upcoming 35-city tour in support of her latest album Rebel Heart . Kicking off in Miami on August 29th, the pop star will bring her Rebel Heart tour across North America, Europe and the UK through December. Madonna Fights Back: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue Tickets for all dates will go on sale on Monday, March 9th, with more dates in Asia and Australia expected to be announced in the near future. As promoter Live Nation noted in a press release, each ticket purchased online will include a digital download of Rebel Heart ‘s Super Deluxe version, which includes four previously unreleased studio tracks
Orrin Keepnews, an NEA Jazz Master, Thelonious Monk producer, record exec and four-time Grammy winner, passed away today at his home in El Cerrito, California at the age of 91, one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Keepnews’ son Peter, an editor for the New York Times, confirmed his father’s death to the newspaper. No cause of death was given. Orrin Keepnews’ Milestones After starting out his career as a journalist and editor while moonlighting as the head of the jazz magazine The Record Changer , Keepnews teamed with Bill Grauer to form Riverside Records in 1953. Jazz legend Thelonious Monk, one of the musicians that Keepnews profiled while at Record Changer , soon joined the label in 1955.