Geto Boys member Scarface suffered from an unspecified medical condition that forced the rapper to be hospitalized on June 30th. According to the Geto Boys’ Kickstarter – where the horrorcore trio of Willie D, Scarface and Bushwick Bill are raising money for their new LP Habeas Corpus – Scarface sought medical help following a concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 29th; he entered a Houston, Texas hospital the next day. While the rapper’s exact condition has not yet been revealed, fellow Geto Boy Willie D asked fans to “say a prayer” for the ailing Scarface. “I am not at liberty to speak on [Scarface’s] condition, and wouldn’t even if I was, as it is a private matter, but I will say that he is in good spirits, and sends his love to all who have supported him throughout his career, and personal life,” Willie D wrote in a Kickstarter update.
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The Dead Weather will return in September with their long-promised third full-length, Dodge & Burn . The band has issued two singles over the past few years, with the record containing remixed versions of all four of those songs (A sides: “Open Up (That’s Enough)” and “Buzzkill(er)” ), as well as eight yet-to-be-announced new original songs. Q&A: Jack White on New Dead Weather and Solo Tracks, Radio City Walk-off Because the group’s members, which count White and Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart among their ranks, have obligations to other projects, they have no plans on touring in support of the record. Earlier this year, White performed a short run of acoustic gigs, including one in Alaska , and his representatives said that that would be the last time he would be performing live for a “long period.” Although the group has yet to announce the album’s track list, it revealed that a limited-edition LP version of the record will be available as part of a “Vault” subscription from White’s label Third Man
Lindsay Ell recently returned from touring Europe with Luke Bryan , and she credits that experience with helping her reach a new level of artistry. “Luke is an incredible performer, but then you get to meet the guy behind the music, and he’s just a great human being,” she tells Rolling Stone Country , after playing New York City’s FarmBorough Festival in late June. “Getting into the studio, I found this whole new wave of inspiration. I’m falling into what I want to say as an artist, which is a huge thing.” See Our Best Onstage and Backstage FarmBorough Photos That’s not easy for anyone, but it may be especially challenging for Ell, simply because she’s so versatile. “I feel like I’ve listened to so many different kinds of music, and I’ve played so many different kinds of music,” she explains
Last night, the surviving “core four” members of the Grateful Dead began their three-night stand at Chicago’s Soldier Field after two earlier, quasi-warmup shows in Santa Clara, California, the weekend before. With it came the return not only of a certain sound — in last night’s case, the loose-and-nimble jamming of the Seventies, heard in an almost entirely Me Decade set list drawn from albums like Blues for Allah , Europe ’72 , American Beauty and From the Mars Hotel — but in the surrounding atmosphere. A few things that have changed with times — and some that haven’t — at the first Chicago night of the Fare Thee Well shows. Trey Anastasio on His Huge Summer With the Dead and Phish What’s changed : Things one can bring into the venue
While Lil Wayne still waits to declare independence from Cash Money Records, the rapper has dropped a Fourth of July gift for fans: His long-awaited Free Weezy Album , now dubbed simply FWA . The mixtape comes a month after the rapper first announced that he was joining Jay Z’s streaming venture Tidal as a co-owner; FWA is streaming exclusively on Tidal . The opening song on FWA is the relentless “Glory,” which Yeezy debuted on the streaming service in June after announcing his ownership stake. Lil Wayne Breaks Silence on Cash Money Lawsuit The 15-track FWA features appearances by Young Jeezy (“White Girl”), Wiz Khalifa (“Feeling Right”), Young Money associate Cory Gunz, Jim “CAPO” Jones and Black Uhuru’s Junior Reid (“Murda”), singer/songwriter Jake Troth (“My Heart Races On”), “Bitch Better Have My Money” writer Bibi Bourelly (“Without You”) and others. “I honestly gotta say that this #FWA album is my best work yet! I won’t let u down as a fan,” Weezy tweeted in April
David Bowie will kick off a series of box sets later this year with the 10-album Five Years: 1969 – 1973 , which includes a two-disc compilation of non-album singles, rare versions of songs and B sides called Re:Call 1 . One of the most notable outtakes is the rare, original mono version of “Holy Holy,” a marching, psychedelic glam rocker in the vein of T. Rex. The song, streaming below, finds Bowie wanting the devil inside him and expressing the need to be left alone.
Twenty-one years after releasing ” Independence Day ” — a song about a mother’s escape from an abusive relationship on the Fourth of July — Martina McBride is gearing up to headline Nashville’s biggest July 4th celebration to date. Flashback: Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson Cover Reba McBride, whose Everlasting Tour stretches until late October, tops off a two-day bill that also includes Mikky Ekko , country guitar heroes Striking Matches and pop-rock pianist Gabe Dixon. Appropriately, the event will be held on a four-block stretch of Lower Broadway, with an estimated 280,000-plus attendees squeezing themselves between the honky-tonks and western stores that line the street. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday evening, country fans at home can live-stream the performances, too, with McBride taking the outdoor stage at 8:10 p.m. The live-stream option is available online here and via the AT&T U-verse app
Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer sees himself as a visual person, so it’s no wonder he’s become the band’s King of Instagram. “I like visual things, so I think Instagram is more appealing to me than things like Twitter or Facebook,” the drummer tells Rolling Stone . Here are three of his favorite accounts on the photo-sharing platform: InstaAnimal “They just post photos of cute animals all day.” Follow @toby_littledude. A canine hipster with attitude! A photo posted by Animals (@instaanimal) on Jun 28, 2015 at 5:49pm PDT Alex DeLeon “He’s from the band the Cab, and he just posts endless awesome photos.” regram @teddysphotos
Joe Nichols almost nailed it: When the country hitmaker took the stage for a Friday afternoon set at New York’s Farmborough Festival , the sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 76 degrees — not far from the conditions celebrated in 2013’s chart-topping “Sunny and 75.” Nevertheless, the song was the high point of a set that included covers of both Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Earlier, he chatted with Rolling Stone Country about his love of the Band, hanging with Dierks Bentley and country music’s coming sea change. See Our Best Onstage and Backstage FarmBorough Photos What can festivals like this can bring to country music? They serve a lot of great purposes. You get to meet a mass amount of country fans in one place. They like to drink, and the more they drink the better we sound — that’s always good
Zac Brown Band has joined EDM DJ Avicii for “Broken Arrows,” a danceable banger from the Swedish producer’s upcoming album Stories . Check it out below. See Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ Get a Country Spin Previewing the track on his Le7els podcast, Avicii had kind words to say about Brown, an artist with his own history of blurring genre boundaries. “He’s an amazing singer and has a really unique voice,” Avicii said of Brown, the sole country star on an album that also features duets with Jon Bon Jovi, Matisyahu, Billie Joe Armstrong and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. “Broken Arrows” pairs Brown’s crystal-clear vocals with thumping bass and twinkling synth lines. In typical dance-track fashion, momentum builds and eventually boils over into the song’s hook, sounding like a cross between a game-show theme song and something from Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers .
Robin Thicke maintained that he did not plagiarize Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” when he co-wrote “Blurred Lines” in his first interview since a jury decided otherwise . “I know the difference between inspiration and theft,” he recently told The New York Times . “I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.” The singer went on to elaborate on the differences between stealing and inspiration, saying that the former could happen subliminally. “Why would I want to, or have to, steal from anybody to make my music?” he asked at one point
Brandy Clark’s Grammy-nominated debut, 12 Stories is fairly even-toned, never jarring – at least not musically. The songs serve mainly as vehicles for Clark’s angelic vocals and devilish lyrics (“Crazy women are made by crazy men,” “What’ll keep me out of heaven will take me there tonight”). But the acclaimed singer-songwriter is taking a bit of a new sonic approach on her next album.