When Trigger Hippy, the roots supergroup founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, made its AmericanaFest debut earlier this month, it was difficult to think of a festival act that better embodied the idea of Americana. Led by Gorman, the members of the cleverly monikered collective — singers Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, bassist Nick Govrik and guitarist Tom Bukovac — represent the hallmarks of the catch-all genre: rock, soul, blues and country. Q&A: Chris Robinson on His New Band, Bonding With Phil Lesh “It’s all Southern music. Blues and country and soul and jazz, all those things emanated from one general area of the country,” says Gorman, who after coming off the road with the Black Crowes in 2013 turned his attention full-time to Trigger Hippy, which he officially founded with Govrik a year earlier. “It started with Nick and I jamming together a lot, 10 years ago, at a club in Nashville.
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Rancid didn’t merely announce that they were putting out their eighth studio record this fall; they made a sampler video. To accompany the news that …Honor Is All We Know would be coming out on October 27th, the long-running punk quartet filmed themselves playing three songs from the record: “Collision Course,” “Honor Is All We Know” and “Evil’s My Friend,” which are all sequenced one right after the other. In a post on Facebook, the band promised it would be releasing more music from the album. 45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far The Bay Area punks recorded the album, which follows up their 2009 LP Let the Dominoes Fall , with Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz producing.
It’s hard to believe Neil Diamond had never played a show on his native soil of Brooklyn before last night. But he returned to the old neighborhood for a surprise secret gig at his alma mater Erasmus Hall High School, deep in the heart of Flatbush. It was an emotional homecoming on a (surprisingly) hot September night. Seeing Neil Diamond sing “Brooklyn Roads” at his first-ever Brooklyn gig was as hardcore as seeing the Beastie Boys do “Hello Brooklyn” at their first show in the borough, back at McCarren Pool in 2007.
Country artists interpreting pop and classic-rock songs is nothing new. Jason Aldean has regularly covered Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” in concert, and just last night on the iHeartRadio Music Festival broadcast, Zac Brown Band played Queen’s opus “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But few can sing those radio staples quite like Carrie Underwood. This past weekend in New York City, the CMA Awards co-host wrapped her voice around R.E.M.’s seminal sad song “Everybody Hurts” at a special poverty benefit.
Thus far, Pharrell’s Girl has produced two pop hits: “Happy” the chart-topping single that first appeared on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, and “Come Get It Bae,” which featured supporting vocals from Miley Cyrus. Now, six months after the album’s release, its cool closing track is getting the busy, high-concept video that might push it toward becoming hit number three. 45 Best Albums of 2014 So Far Produced by Takashi Murakami, the man behind Kanye West’s Graduation artwork, the video renders Pharrell into – and in the style of – various cartoons and video games. At one point, he’s skateboarding (under his giant hat) through a Sega-esque beach level; at another, he’s shown in Pokemon-style widescreen. Eventually, there is an interstellar Mount Rushmore featuring Murakami, Pharrell and a cute little dog
Since 1968, the earliest commercially available Jackson 5 recording has been the “Big Boy” 45 that the band cut for Steel Town Records and released in January that year. The previous July, however, they had cut the same track for Chicago’s One-derful! Records, playing all of their own instruments at the label’s Tone Studios. Michael, then just eight years old, sang lead.
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
Lorde has shared “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her alluring lead single from the singer’s curated soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 . The dark jam fits comfortably within the 17-year-old’s sonic wheelhouse, with Lorde’s brooding croon stretched out over minimal synths and rattling drums. “I’m a princess cut from marble / smoother than a storm,” she sings, in what sounds like a reference to Hunger Games protagonist Katniss Everdeen. “And the scars that mark my body / they’re silver and gold.” Lorde Breaks Down Her 10 Favorite Arcade Fire Songs “It’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love,” the singer wrote on her Tumblr. “It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’.
Earlier this month in New York, Blake Shelton treated a small crowd of about 100 people to an hour-long concert that showcased songs from his forthcoming album Bringing Back the Sunshine , which will be released on September 30th. That same day, the show, which was filmed and recorded in Tribeca’s intimate iHeartRadio theater, will be broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations all across the country. Blake Shelton Promises More Songs ‘About Getting Drunk’ In between most songs during his performance, Shelton took questions from radio host Bobby Bones, discussing everything from his whirlwind career to favorite underwear brand (whatever they sell at Walmart). Backed by a seven-piece band, the country superstar performed a nine-song set of new tunes and old favorites, opening with 2011’s chart-topping “Honey Bee” and closing with his latest ode to drinking away the blues, “Neon Lights.” When asked about the significance of the album’s uplifting title, Shelton was uncharacteristically soft spoken. “Who wants to bring back the clouds?” he asked, before explaining that the sound of his new record harkens back to the type of country music he made at the very beginning of his career
With their scorching cover of “Baby, Please Don’t Go,” Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers add to the storied lineage of a ubiquitous blues standard. Their no-frills version is set to appear in the seventh season’s fourth episode, “Poor Little Lambs,” which airs on Tuesday, September 30th. Rob Sheffield: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Is Hamlet in Black Leather SoA music supervisor Bob Thiele says this straightforward, guitar-heavy approach is exactly what the Forest Rangers had in mind. “This one ain’t rocket science,” he tells Rolling Stone , calling the track “a straight-up, balls-out version of the blues classic made famous by Muddy Waters.” The song is dominated by the one-two punch of Franky Perez’s gritty vocal and the searing electric guitar texture of new member Benji Lysaght; this atmosphere frames the darkness of the episode, which finds evil touching down in series locale Charming, California. “Hell descends on Charming,” Thiele says, “and this underscores the mayhem and its aftermath.” “Here we have a new Forest Ranger, handsome Michael Urbano, playing drums,” Thiele continues
The Enid have confirmed a run of theatre shows for early 2015 – and frontman Joe Payne has vowed the band will deliver a “seamless story” with a strong sense of context.