Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket will headline the city’s annual Forecastle Festival this year, along with Sam Smith, Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse. The three-day festival is scheduled to take place from July 17th to the 19th at the Waterfront Park, located next to the Ohio River. Hear the 50 Best New Artists of 2014 Other regional acts set to play Forecastle include Cage the Elephant and Houndmouth, while Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer Tweedy will take the stage as Tweedy. Other performers include Tallest Man on Earth, First Aid Kit, RL Grime, Desaparecidos, Portugal.
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The Band Perry siblings are moonlighting as talent scouts. Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have signed on to be curators of the third-annual Grammy Amplifier contest, alongside reggae legend Ziggy Marley and singer-songwriter Allen Stone. Sponsored by Hyundai and the Recording Academy, the online talent competition aims to find music’s next big thing through performance video submissions. Mark Ronson’s Life in 10 Songs The Top 25 contestants, to be determined by track plays and social media “amplifications,” will be brought together for a mentorship experience, during which the Perrys, Marley and Stone will select a smaller group of finalists. “We love discovering new music and can’t wait to hear the next wave of emerging talent,” the Band Perry write in an email to Rolling Stone Country .
Primus will bring their psychedelic tribute to the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory back to North America for a spring run. The band will offer its own brand of chocolate bars and Oompa Loompas first in Minneapolis on April 8th then across the states before ending on May 7th at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks. 50 Best Albums of 2014 The tour coincides with the release of a deluxe edition of Primus’ latest record (and first with their classic lineup in nearly 20 years), Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble . The new edition has been remixed into 5.1 surround sound and comes with a bonus live CD
Years before he topped the country charts with his own songs, Lee Brice was writing them for other artists. Watch Garth Brooks and Justin Timberlake Sing Surprise Duet After kicking off a co-headlining winter tour with Chris Young last weekend, Brice made a quick detour to Boston, where he joined Garth Brooks for a surprise performance of “More Than a Memory” at the TD Garden. Brooks, who was wrapping up a sold-out, six-show residency at the venue, had taken “More Than a Memory” to Number One in 2007, giving Brice his first hit as a songwriter. The TD Garden performance marked the pair’s first time sharing the stage, not to mention one of the first times in recent memory that Brooks has invited an unannounced guest to join him in concert. (When Justin Timberlake sang “Friends in Low Places” with Brooks recently in Nashville, it was Brooks playing the role of surprise guest.) Brice wrote “More Than a Memory” during a post-midnight burst of inspiration last decade, driven out of bed by memories of an ex-girlfriend
Years before he topped the country charts with his own songs, Lee Brice was writing them for other artists. Watch Garth Brooks and Justin Timberlake Sing Surprise Duet After kicking off a co-headlining winter tour with Chris Young last weekend, Brice made a quick detour to Boston, where he joined Garth Brooks for a surprise performance of “More Than a Memory” at the TD Garden (watch video of the duet below). Brooks, who was wrapping up a sold-out, six-show residency at the venue, had taken “More Than a Memory” to Number One in 2007, giving Brice his first hit as a songwriter. The TD Garden performance marked the pair’s first time sharing the stage, not to mention one of the first times in recent memory that Brooks has invited an unannounced guest to join him in concert.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, whose debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie , was released a year ago this month, will continue her acoustic trio tour dates this spring featuring special guests, folk-bluegrass singer Aoife O’Donovan and Irish acoustic band Lúnasa. Watch Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Gutsy Jab at Country Stars The trek features Carpenter’s longtime friends Jon Carroll (on piano) and John Doyle (on guitars and bouzouki), with music encompassing the award-winning singer-songwriter’s 13 albums. The tour marks her return to form after performing with orchestras in early 2014. (See a complete list of tour dates, including the remaining orchestral performances, below.) Carpenter’s latest album, recorded in London, revisits her material alongside a 63-piece orchestra and 15-voice choir, putting an entirely new, cinematic spin on familiar tunes such as “Come On Come On” and “I Am a Town.” The album was arranged and conducted by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza.
Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s Full Moon Fever hit “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone , Smith’s reps have confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty and Lynne, adding that while there are undeniable “similarities” between the two singles, it was a “complete coincidence.” Hear the 50 Best New Artists of 2014 “Recently the publishers for the song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, contacted the publishers for ‘Stay With Me,’ written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions,” Smith’s rep tells Rolling Stone . “Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of ‘Stay With Me’ listened to ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and acknowledged the similarity.” Smith’s rep added, “Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of ‘Stay With Me’ along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.” A representative for Petty was not immediately available for comment. On the ASCAP site, where songwriter information is collated and frequently updated, Petty and Lynne are now listed among the “Stay With Me” team of Smith, Napier and Phillips. It’s unclear whether Petty and Lynne were retroactively compensated for their songwriting credit or if they’ll receive future earnings on the track.
Three weeks after Paul McCartney and Kanye West released their surprise collaboration “Only One,” the duo have linked up with Rihanna for the soft, acoustic track “FourFiveSeconds.” The song is available at RihannaNow.com. Hear Kanye West’s Instrumental Demo for ‘New Slaves’ “I think I’ve had enough,” sings Rihanna over the percussion-less, acoustic guitar-driven track. “I might get a little drunk / I say what’s on my mind / I might do a little time / ‘Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness.” West takes over on vocals, crooning, “Woke up an optimist/ Sun was shining, I’m positive/ Then I heard you was talkin’ trash / Hold me back, I’m bout to spaz.” West and Rihanna handle all of the song’s vocals, duetting on the chorus with McCartney providing keyboards on the song. Two days after “Only One” was released, rapper Ty Dolla $ign stoked anticipation for the track, stating that the then-unnamed song was “gonna drop soon.” It’s unclear if “FourFiveSeconds” will appear on an album by any of the artists, though Ty Dolla $ign told Billboard earlier this month that the song would likely appear on West’s upcoming album. West previewed “FourFiveSeconds” at the IHeartRadio Summit music industry event in Los Angeles on Thursday, where the rapper surprised the audience with a 45-minute, stream-of-consciousness speech about his “responsibility to innovate.” (The same speech in which he revealed that he asked McCartney, “What was pussy like in the Sixties?”) West played “FourFiveSeconds” straight off his computer, promptly slamming his laptop shut and walking offstage before announcing the song’s release date. Fans of West shouldn’t be too surprised to hear McCartney on another of his tracks. When “Only One” was released, a spokesperson for the rapper said that the song would be the first “publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists.” McCartney and West began work on “Only One” earlier last year in Los Angeles, starting with, as the statement notes, “a simple brainstorming session between the two, with McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff.” It’s unclear if “FourFiveSeconds,” with its similar mellow vibe, was also a result of these sessions
Months after Run the Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike pledged to remix their acclaimed Run the Jewels 2 using only cat samples, El-P took to Twitter to offer up a preview of Meow the Jewels and announce that the reworked LP had secured a very special feline guest: Internet sensation Lil Bub. “Just got a library of sounds from the great @IAMLILBUB. its on,” the rapper tweeted Friday afternoon, followed by “Thank god the money is going to charity because meow the jewels is going to be the single silliest fuckin record ever recorded.” On Instagram, El-P also shared some brief snippets of what Meow the Jewels will sound like. Let’s just say it lives up to its title: A video posted by thereallyrealelp (@thereallyrealelp) on Jan 23, 2015 at 4:36pm PST Back in September, before Run the Jewels 2 even arrived to become one of the Best Albums of 2014 and Rolling Stone ‘s Best Rap Album of 2014, fans bandied together to spearhead a Kickstarter lobbying the hip-hop duo to rerecord their new album using only cat samples.
When Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye split up in October 2014, Oasis fans immediately began wondering whether Liam and Noel Gallagher could finally cast aside their differences and reunite the (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? band after nearly six years apart. While Noel Gallagher originally recommended that Liam “should make a solo record,” signaling he had no plans to reform Oasis, it appears as though the brothers’ icy relationship has thawed a little. In a new interview with Q , Noel Gallagher says that an Oasis reunion is “always a possibility,” as long as some festival organizer is willing to shell out the big bucks. Watch Noel Gallagher Dissect Oasis’ Legendary Fights “Nobody has made us an offer.
Ryan Adams’ 2014 self-titled album was one of the most downcast, melancholic in the singer-songwriter’s vast catalog. While much of Ryan Adams ‘ moodier tone was likely the result of his struggle with the debilitating Ménière’s disease and the death of his grandmother, this too perhaps informed his latest LP: Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore announced they are divorcing after nearly six years of marriage. Us Weekly confirms that the unlikely couple – he a prolific rocker, she a former pop star – are splitting up. Ryan Adams’ Road to Recovery In a joint statement, the couple said, “Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost six years. It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time.” According to Radar Online, Moore filed for divorce in Los Angeles while Adams was in New York to perform on Late Night With Seth Meyers .
As we’ve come to expect from Kanye West, new music can arrive at any minute, like when the rapper dropped new track “Only One,” featuring Paul McCartney, on New Year’s Eve. At the iHeartMedia Music Summit in Burbank, California on Thursday, West premiered his rumored duet with Rihanna to an audience filled with music industry figures, Billboard reports. 2014: The Year in Kimye The rapper was a surprise speaker at the conference and treated the audience to a 45-minute, stream-of-consciousness speech about his “responsibility to innovate.” The rapper also chatted about his recent “Only One” collaboration with McCartney and his love of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Amazingly, West revealed that he asked Macca, “What was pussy like in the Sixties?” before performing an a cappella rendition of “Only One.” At the 2013 Governors Ball festival in New York, the rapper made controversial statements about how he didn’t care if his abrasive Yeezus tracks were played on the radio.