Sir Elton John is leading a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana after the renowned fashion designers made disparaging remarks about same-sex families and children conceived via artificial insemination. “You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” Domenico Dolce told Italian magazine Panorama last week, (via NBC New York).
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Drake says he has nothing to do with a planned concert documentary set to hit theaters later this week. “The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in,” the rapper declared on Twitter Monday morning. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans.” Hear Drake’s Surprise 17-Song Mixtape Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage focuses on a 2009 performance by the rapper at Toronto’s Sound Academy, just before he signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. As Pitchfork reports, the documentary was executive produced by Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince and his son Jas Prince, who brought a lawsuit against Drake’s management team in 2012, claiming he was entitled to a share of profits for introducing Drake to Lil Wayne.
Robert Plant will hit the road again this year with his Sensational Space Shifters backing band for a tour that wraps itself around festival appearances at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. The Pixies will open select dates, while singer-songwriter J.D. McPherson will open a handful of others. Robert Plant Reinvents Led Zeppelin Classics at Tiny NYC Gig Tickets for the tour, which spans late May to the middle of June, will go on sale March 20th at 10 a.m
When Mo Pitney talks about the many meanings of the word “country” in his debut single, simply titled “Country,” he knows of what (and where) he speaks. A native of Cherry Valley, Illinois, Pitney’s early music education was rooted in bluegrass. But Pitney, one of Rolling Stone Country ‘s Artists You Need to Know, has since become one of the most promising young acts in mainstream country music. 10 New Country Artists You Should Know The singer-songwriter has already earned a standing ovation on the Grand Ole Opry and co-written songs with veterans such as Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and writer Bobby Tomberlin, whose many cuts include “One More Day” for Diamond Rio.
A DVD of Styx’s 2014 show at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas is to be released in May.
English arena-rock stars Muse announced the upcoming release of their new album Drones on June 9th – their first full-length since 2012’s The 2nd Law . Though frontman Matt Bellamy hinted that a new and “heavy” record was in the works in an impromptu Twitter Q+A last July, little was known about the new album until Wednesday’s announcement. What’s in Store for the Next Muse Album Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait too long to find out more: Muse will release an album track, “Psycho,” on their official YouTube page tomorrow, March 12th, at 6:00pm GMT. The song will then become available to download the same day, following a pre-order of the record. “To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse,” Bellamy explained in a statement, seemingly teasing a conceptual album.
Sufjan Stevens’ five-year gap between studio albums will end March 31st when the singer releases his intensely personal new collection Carrie & Lowell . Having already shared the first single “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross,” Stevens now offers up another folk-tinged track, “Should Have Known Better.” The video itself, showcasing a bridge over tranquil waters, sets the mood for the morose lyrics that, like the album, often reminisce about Stevens’ family trips to Oregon with his mother Carrie and stepfather Lowell. Q&A: Sufjan Stevens “I should have known better / Nothing can be changed / The past is still the past,” Stevens sings. “The bridge to nowhere / I should’ve wrote a letter / Explaining what I feel, that empty feeling.” According to a press release, Carrie & Lowell ‘s 11 songs “address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.” Carrie & Lowell , the follow-up to 2010’s The Age of Adz , was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett.
The Roots have lined up the Weeknd, ASAP Rocky and a special set by Erykah Badu, for whom they’ll serve as backing band, to join them on May 30th for their annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia. Other performers will include Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Hiatus Kaiyote, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa, Hudson Mohawke and DJ Windows 98 (the nom de scratch of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler). 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 The group’s eighth annual festival, which takes place on the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in their hometown of Philadelphia, will feature three stages this year when they set up on the city’s festival pier to accommodate its 18 artists. “The Picnic in Philly is always an event that we look forward to,” Shawn Gee, Roots manager and the executive producer of the Picnic, said in a statement
David Bowie was in desperate need of a break by the the time 2005 rolled around. He’d spent the previous couple of years on a grueling world tour that was cut short when he suffered a heart attack in Germany, which hit not long after a lightning technician fell to his death before a Miami concert and, in a significantly less serious incident, a fan struck him hard in the left eye with a lollipop onstage in Oslo. 20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know Nobody saw much of Bowie in the months following the heart attack, but by the summer of 2005 fans started spotting him in the audience of New York club shows by TV on the Radio and other up-and-coming rock bands.
This May, the annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival will once again invade New York with a month’s worth of performances, conversations, parties, record fairs and other unique music-related events. George Clinton, A$AP Rocky and FKA twigs are among those who have scheduled events in association with the RBMA fest. The Funkadelic legend will host “A Conversation with George Clinton” on May 12th at the Brooklyn Museum, while the Long.Live.A$AP rapper will stage a similar event on May 7th at an as-yet-unannounced location.
TV on the Radio, Tove Lo, the Zombies, Best Coast, Fetty Wap, Alex Winston and more will be performing at Rolling Stone Stage: Austin, our annual Texas throwdown, presented by Hyundai and Transitions Lenses. On Tuesday, March 17th, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop will be transformed into an eclectic performance venue featuring acts both emerging and iconic. The afternoon show will be feature TV on the Radio, the critically acclaimed art-rock group whose fifth album, Seeds , was released in November. Alongside them will be sunny duo Best Coast, emerging indie-popper Alex Winston and two winners of the Hyundai Grammy Amplifier Program.
Zac Brown Band will follow up the April release of “Jekyll + Hyde” with a stadium tour of North America. More news: Zac Brown Band