Jessie J, Nick Jonas, and Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes will all perform at Musicians on Call’s 15th anniversary celebration, which will take over New York City’s Espace on November 18th. The event will honor Kelly Clarkson and Republic Records Executive Vice President Charlie Walk, both of whom are heavily involved with the nonprofit organization that arranges live and recorded music to be provided to the bedsides of hospital patients across the country. Q&A: Kelly Clarkson on Loving Whitney Houston, Adele and More Musicians on Call was founded in 1999, and since then, artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell Williams, Paramore, Justin Bieber, and Clarkson have all partnered with the organization to deliver the healing power of music to kids. “Being involved with Musicians On Call has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Clarkson said in a statement. “I consider it a great gift to be able to share music and bring smiles to these brave children and their loved ones.
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Over his multi-dimensional, culture-encompassing five-decade career, David Bowie has proved himself many things: glamorous rock star, sultry singer, boundary-pushing performance artist, sexual icon. But upon experiencing David Bowie Is – the massive delight of a retrospective art exhibition on Bowie that opens in the U.S. today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – one walks away with a perhaps unexpected conclusion: Bowie was, well, a bit of a hoarder. 20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know Yes, the Thin White Duke – thanks in large part to employing a full-time archivist – has held onto what seems like nearly every artifact accumulated over his career.
Kendrick Lamar has released “i,” the first single from his as-yet-untitled upcoming record. The track begins with a rousing voice calling Lamar “a brother who stands for something” before the guitar line from the Isley Brothers’ 1973 soul hit “That Lady,” kicks in. Lamar’s raspy voice raps about perseverance in the face of chaos until he lets loose the tune’s uplifting chorus, “I love myself,” while the song interpolates funky jazz bass before topping out at the 4:20 mark. It’s the first single that the rapper has put out as a lead artist since his 2012 breakthrough record, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City .
Iggy Pop has been chosen to give this year’s John Peel lecture, and he’ll discuss the concept of free music in a capitalist society, it’s been confirmed.
The Replacements are considering making a new album, mainman Paul Westerberg has said.
Paul McCartney has made a music video in support of his family’s Meat Free Mondays campaign, which urges people to take a weekly break from eating meat in an effort to help the environment. The song – which dates back to 2009, when the outspoken vegetarian cofounded the effort with his daughters Mary and Stella – lays out all the benefits to slightly changing one’s diet, including reducing greenhouse gases and slowing down the polar ice thaw and rising ocean levels. His video features people from all over the world holding up signs with the song’s lyrics, including celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Twiggy and actress Joanna Lumley.
Nashville Pussy have released a live album.
Rapper Andre Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side , and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself?
Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Twenty-nine-year old guitarist and producer Misha Mansoor leads Periphery, a techy prog-metal outfit whose elastic, instrumentally vigorous, heavily syncopated sound is cut with elements of electronic and ambient music. The band’s 2010 self-titled debut, which Mansoor wrote, programmed, produced and mixed in the living room of his Washington, D.C., apartment (tracking all the instruments on a PC he built from spare parts), is the most visible example of a metal sub-strain known as djent. The word itself, coined by a member of Swedish rhythmic metal pioneers Meshuggah years ago but popularized more recently by Mansoor, is an onomatopoeia for the sound produced by playing a low-tuned and distorted guitar chord in a clipped, muted style
Nashville’s downtown Music City Center will be the site of a special benefit screening and acoustic concert on October 19th for the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me . The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell, daughter of the iconic singer-guitarist, are among performers announced for the event. Tickets, available at a base price of $95, will go on sale to the public Friday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m CT, with proceeds benefiting Alzheimer’s disease awareness. Glen Campbell Film Features Shelton, Urban, Springsteen Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24th, followed by a national release to more than 50 cities.
Sylo Chillin’ on the Tour Bus. Brantley Gilbert may come across as a tough guy, but he has a soft spot when it comes to his dog, Sylo. He has had Sylo for about seven months and couldn’t imagine a better touring partner. Country Stars and Their Pets Photo Gallery > > “He is the most awesome dog that I can imagine,” Gilbert said.