Jack White’s sold-out gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden Friday night turned into an all-star affair as the Lazaretto rocker brought out A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip during the encore. On top of that, Run the Jewels, White’s opening act and the duo behind Rolling Stone ‘s Best Rap Album of 2014, had their own surprise guest in store for the MSG stage: Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha. Inside Jack White’s Bizarre Secret Psych Ward Show After performing a dozen-song set that jumped between solo work, White Stripes tracks and a pair of Raconteurs tunes, White opened up his encore with Lazaretto ‘s “The Black Bat Licorice.” Midway through the song, White stepped to the microphone to introduce “New York’s own” Q-Tip, who joined White for the remainder of the song. White’s band then seamlessly locked into the groove of “Excursions,” the opening track off A Tribe Called Quest’s landmark The Low End Theory, with White painting the performance with some six-string flourishes and giving the track a more rock-edge. The Q-Tip appearance came two nights after White recruited Loretta Lynn for his Nashville concert. However, the biggest surprise of the night came before the majority of the Madison Square Garden crowd even hit their seats as Zack de la Rocha made a rare live appearance to help El-P and Killer Mike deliver their collaborative Run the Jewels 2 cut “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck).” While this isn’t the first time the Rage Against the Machine rapper had joined Run the Jewels onstage – he also performed with the duo at their November 2014 gig at Los Angeles’ Echoplex – it was perhaps the first time de la Rocha has held a mic in front of a New York audience since Rage headlined the Rock the Bells fest on Randalls Island in 2007.
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In 2004, when U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb leaked online two weeks earlier than planned, the band’s label scrambled to contain the damage by hastily streaming it on MTV’s website. Those weeks are an eternity compared with how Björk and Madonna handled their music’s premature arrivals over the past month: After Björk’s Vulnicura leaked in mid-January, her label rushed it onto iTunes within three days, and Madonna did the same with six Rebel Heart tracks after a December leak. “We were running as fast as we could to get the music ready,” says Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager. “She had the foresight to say, ‘I don’t care, I’m putting this out now.’ ” Bjork Surprise Releases New Album ‘Vulnicura’ In the old days of CDs, warehouses and record stores, album leaks could be far more destructive. In the age of Spotify and iTunes, though, leaks can help build buzz.
After tackling the world of music, nightclubs, basketball team ownership and athlete representation, Jay Z has now set his sights on entering the gauntlet of high-quality streaming music. The New York Times reports that Jay Z has put in a $56 million offer for Aspiro, a Swedish company that controls high-quality streaming services Wimp and Tidal. The bid already receiving preliminary approval from the Aspiro board. Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away A spokesperson for Sean Carter Enterprises (SCE) confirmed that Project Panther Bidco, a company owned by SCE, was pursuing a possible acquisition of the Swedish music service.
Since 1990 (in other words, years before any of this year’s headliners had a hit record), Country Jam USA has been one of the Midwest’s most prestigious country music festivals. This summer’s lineup for the fest, which takes place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from July 23rd—25th, includes Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe and Jerrod Niemann, with more artists to be revealed in the coming weeks. (See the current daily lineup of artists below). Watch Eric Church Cover Skynyrd at Nashville Homecoming Eau Claire’s signature summer event for country music will be preceded by Blue Ox, a brand-new bluegrass festival produced by the founders of Country Jam USA.
Brian Wilson has assembled an all-star supporting cast for his new album, No Pier Pressure , which is scheduled to arrive on April 7th via Capitol Records. Along with performances from a number of longtime musical peers, including several of his former Beach Boys bandmates, Wilson’s new LP boasts Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess and She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. 28 Rockers Going Strong After 70 Wilson began working on his 11th solo LP with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas in 2012 as the Beach Boys reunited for their 50th anniversary, touring the country and releasing a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio . Initially, Wilson intended to record his new songs with the Beach Boys, but when the songwriter and group parted ways once again, he sought out guest singers to help finish the job.