Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Madonna Responds to ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak by Releasing Six Songs

Madonna hadn’t planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart , until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop’s follow-up to 2012’s MDNA , unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week. In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately. More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.

Paul McCartney Pondering Song About Eric Garner Protests

Paul McCartney revealed that he recently tried writing a song about the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island in an interview with The Associated Press . While the former Beatle admitted his initial attempts proved fruitless, he hasn’t given up on the song. Paul McCartney on Lennon’s Death: ‘It Was Just So Horrific’ “I was thinking recently about all these protests in New York and around the country,” he said. “I thought it would be great to put something down about that, just to add my voice to the thousands of people walking in the streets. I thought it through, and it just didn’t come easily

Fricke’s Picks Radio: Farewells, Foos and Airwaves

It has been awhile since my last broadcast: Deadlines, shows, roadwork, and, sadly, obituaries got in the way. They also had a big impact on the records that have filled the last weeks of this year: Pink Floyd’s tribute to their late keyboard player Richard Wright; U2’s controversial gift to everyone; Dave Grohl’s season of rock & roll storytelling and two-and-a-half-hour club gigs, to go with his HBO series Sonic Highways and his Foo Fighters’ companion album; the 2014 edition of Iceland Airwaves; and recent New York nights with psychedelic-blues institution Hot Tuna (marking bassist Jack Casady’s 70th birthday) and Trigger Hippy. a new country-blues, etc. collaboration with singer Joan Osborne, singer-guitarist Jackie Green (often out with Phi Lesh) and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.

Billy Corgan: ‘The Mythology of the Nineties Now Is Irrelevant’

Billy Corgan has been asked to revisit the heyday of Nineties alternative rock a number of times while promoting the Smashing Pumpkins’ most recent record, Monuments to an Elegy , but in a new interview with The Guardian , the rocker seemed to hit a breaking point, saying: “Right now that era is irrelevant.” 100 Best Albums of the Nineties Corgan noted that neither the Pumpkins nor any of the other bands from that era are charting anymore, and dismissed the notion that a lot of new bands are being influenced by Nineties artists. “I don’t hear that,” Corgan said. “The mythology [of that era] right now is irrelevant to combat the pop menace in America right now.” While Corgan didn’t back up his rhetoric by naming names, he stated, “EDM is kicking everybody’s fucking ass,” and argued that no matter how sentimental people get about the Nineties, if that music, or the music it inspired, can’t compete in the top cultural spheres, “it doesn’t mean anything.” “Look at the numbers the DJs are making!” he said. “They’re kicking rock bands’ ass.

The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour

The Who have added some soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame firepower to join them on the road when the Tommy rockers bring their Who Hits 50! Tour to North America next year: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rock Hall Class of 2015 inductees, will serve as opening act on both North American legs of the Who’s jaunt. The Who also added a slate of new dates to their extensive trek. Joan Jett on Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I’m Flabbergasted’ “Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment,” Roger Daltrey said in a statement. “I love her.”  “We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time,” Pete Townshend added

Hear Old Crow Medicine Show’s Rollicking Bob Wills Tribute

On March 3rd, Asleep at the Wheel will release their third tribute to Bob Wills, the revered “King of Western Swing.” But they aren’t going it alone: The big band and its leader Ray Benson recruited a crop of guest stars, from veterans Willie Nelson and George Strait to contemporary Americana acts the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show to cover Wills classics. Today, Rolling Stone Country premieres Old Crow’s contribution to Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys , the rollicking “Tiger Rag.” Inside the Bluegrass Civil War “It’s a helluva cut,” says Benson, seated on his bus last night in Nashville, where the Austin-based Wheel was performing. “Every 10 years there is a group of youngsters who are exactly what I was when I was young and saying, ‘What kind of music do I want to play?’ I wanted to play roots music.” Benson approached Old Crow Medicine Show after a performance in Austin and eventually asked them to participate in Still the King , co-produced by Benson’s son, Sam Seifert. Old Crow’s Ketch Secor suggested the little-known “Tiger Rag,” from Wills’ time with the Light Crust Dough Boys band

Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan Are 2014 Country Chart Champs

It was, by all accounts, a very good year to be Eric Church, Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan. But which of them was the year’s top country artist overall? It depends on which year-end chart statistics you consult. 40 Best Country Albums of 2014 Church, whose The Outsiders garnered four Grammy nominations, had the best-selling album of 2014, according to year-to-date Nielsen Soundscan figures, and the LP was Billboard ‘s Number Four country album of the year (on a chart that’s topped by three 2013 releases).

Hear Joe Pug’s Cathartic ‘If Still It Can’t Be Found,’ Featuring Wilco’s Pat Sansone

Once in a while, you have to be a little out of tune to find your way. This was the case for folk troubadour Joe Pug, anyway, as he toiled away in a quest to create the songs that would comprise his upcoming LP, Windfall — and, in particular, the wistfully-strummed ballad “If Still It Can’t Be Found,” premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country . Joe Pug Brings New Tunes to SXSW “I had been in a bit of a songwriting rut, just sitting in my house with the guitar in my hands playing the same chords over and over,” Pug says. “To wake myself up, I went out and got one of those ‘free-if-you-move-it’ Craigslist pianos

Scott Stapp’s Downward Spiral Captured on Police Recordings

New audio revealing the distraught mental state of Creed’s Scott Stapp have surfaced, with TMZ posting four clips taken from various phone calls the singer made last month. Readers’ Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties Two of the clips were taken from a 911 call Stapp made from the side of a Florida highway after abandoning his car. Stapp claimed that he was being chased by a group of people who were trying to kill him, but says that all of his previous calls to the police had been ignored. When asked by the dispatcher who was after him, Stapp responded: “I don’t know, I’ve been running for about six or seven weeks. I’m trying to keep them away from my family.” Stapp also said that he was worried that his death had been falsely reported on the Internet and that someone had stolen $20 million from him.

Watch the Band Perry Put a Modern Spin on Glen Campbell’s ‘Gentle on My Mind’

If you’ve ever seen the Band Perry perform Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” you know the sibling trio have a knack for putting a modern — yet respectful — spin on songs that came before their time. They do the same, albeit with a much tamer delivery, with a Glen Campbell classic released 16 years before their eldest, lead singer Kimberly Perry was even born. The country group’s stirring, banjo-rich rendition of “Gentle on My Mind” is featured on the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me , and was one of the highlights of both the 2013 Grammys and 2014 CMA Awards.

‘Nashville’ Stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen Do Broadway in ABC Special

Nashville  stars Clare Bowen (Scarlett) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar) are leaving Music City for the bright lights of Broadway — temporarily. The pair will sing the title song from the Disney film-turned Broadway hit  Beauty and the Beast  during an ABC behind-the-scenes special about the eight musicals Disney has taken to the Great White Way. (Watch the performance above.) ‘Nashville’ Wraps Fall Season With Wedding Bells The producers of Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years told the singers appearing on the special that they were looking for performers who could offer unexpected interpretations of the familiar tunes. Bowen says she rearranged a few things to come up with the stripped-down version of the song she and Palladio performed.

Girls Guns and Glory Drink Their Way Through Christmas in New Video

It’s hard to watch Girls Guns and Glory’s new Christmas video “Holiday Heartache” and not think of Hall & Oates’ equally goofy clip for “Jingle Bell Rock.” But the twang-heavy country-rock group’s singer and founder Ward Hayden says he’s never seen Daryl and John’s surreal video. “The intro to the song is a nod to ‘Jingle Bell Rock,'” Hayden tells Rolling Stone Country , “but this might be the first time in our career we’ve done anything that’s resembled Hall & Oates.” 10 Country Artists You Need to Know Now The Boston-based Girls Guns and Glory, one of Rolling Stone Country ‘s Artists You Need to Know, wrote “Holiday Heartache” after a run-in with a plastered pal in Kentucky. “When we arrived on the scene he was drinking Amstel Light and had been up for four days straight,” Hayden recalls.

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