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Hear Nick Jonas’ House-Inflected Breakup Song, ‘Remember I Told You’

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

Nick Jonas has returned with a new house-inflected, guest-filled single, “Remember I Told You.” The song is about Jonas rekindling an old romance by telling his former lover how much he needs her. “All of the words that I’m saying/ Are just a fancy way of saying ‘I care,’” he croons on the chorus. 

Pop newcomer Anne-Marie sings the second verse, trying to be cool about the man she loves having (possibly) moved on. Mike Posner raps on the bridge, showing a bit more anger about the situation than Jonas and Anne-Marie. “Hate is just a fancy way of saying that I care,” he spits. 

Jonas has yet to reveal if “Remember I Told You” will lead to a new album this year. His last solo release, 2016′s Last Year Was Complicatedyielded “Close” and “Bacon,” the latter of which he performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. Earlier this year he appeared on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack alongside Nicki Minaj for the track “Bom Bidi Bom.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-nick-jonas-new-house-pop-song-remember-i-told-you-w484498

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Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

Gregg Allman, the singer, musician and songwriter who played an essential role in the invention of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69. Allman’s rep confirmed to Rolling Stone that the artist died Saturday afternoon.

Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” a statement on the singer’s website read Saturday. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

“It’s too soon to properly process this,” Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts said in a statement. “I’m so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed. In fact I was about to call him to check and see how he was when I got the call. It’s a very sad day.”

Allman’s longtime manager and close friend Michael Lehman added, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”

A cause of death was not immediately revealed, but Allman suffered from chronic liver issues in recent years.

Although Allman claimed the term was redundant, the singer-keyboardist helped create the first great “Southern-rock” group as co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band alongside his older brother, famed guitarist Duane Allman. The Allmans fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, with their sound creating a template for countless subsequent jam bands. Gregg Allman was blessed with one of blues-rock’s great growling voices and, along with his Hammond B-3 organ playing (beholden to Booker T. Jones), had a deep emotional power. Writing in Rolling Stone, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons said that Allman’s singing and keyboard playing displayed “a dark richness, a soulfulness that added one more color to the Allmans’ rainbow.”

“I’ve tried … Words are impossible. Gui Gui forever. Chooch,” Cher wrote on Twitter. “Rest in peace Greg [sic] Allman peace and love to all the family,” Ringo Starr wrote. The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir added, “Bon Voyage, Brother Gregg, enjoy your next stop…”

As he recounted in his 2012 memoir My Cross to Bear, Allman also experienced a quintessential, and essentially tragic, rock-star trajectory that included too-sudden fame, admittedly excessive drug use, a high-profile celebrity romance, multiple marriages and a late-life liver transplant.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born December 8th, 1947, in Nashville, Tennessee, a little more than a year after brother Duane. The boys’ father, U.S. Army Captain Willis Turner Allman, was shot to death by a drinking acquaintance shortly after the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia in 1949. As a child, Gregg saved up money from a paper route and bought a guitar that was soon appropriated by his older brother. The siblings attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, before moving to Daytona Beach, Florida. Duane talked his brother into joining a racially integrated band, the House Rockers, shocking their mother. “We had to turn my mother on to the blacks,” Gregg told 16-year-old Cameron Crowe in the 1973 Rolling Stone cover story that would inspire Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous. He added that it “[t]ook a while, but now she’s totally liberated.” Following Allman’s death, Crowe tweeted, “Thank you Gregg Allman … for the inspiration, and for those many holy nights on stage.”

After playing in bands like the Untils, the Shufflers, the Escorts and the Y-Teens, the brothers took their band Allman Joys on the road in the summer of 1965 following Gregg’s graduation from Seabreeze High School. They often played six sets a night, seven nights a week, and eventually moved to Los Angeles – Gregg having shot himself in the foot to avoid the draft – where they recorded two forgettable albums for Liberty Records as the Hour Glass. While working as a session man in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Gregg was summoned to Jacksonville, Florida, in March 1969. There he joined Duane and the other musicians – Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums) and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums) – comprising the Allman Brothers Band’s earliest incarnation.

“It was nice, round, kind of dull-ended instead of sharp,” Allman wrote of the Hammond B-3 sound, “and I thought it blended with guitar just perfect.” In addition to being the band’s main vocalist and composer of signature tunes “Whipping Post” and “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,’” Gregg and his long blond hair also served as its visual focus. The band enjoyed meteoric success with their albums Live at the Fillmore East (1971) and Eat a Peach (1972). Between those albums, tragically, Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, followed a year later by Oakley’s eerily similar demise.

Shortly thereafter, Gregg recorded his solo debut, 1973′s Laid Back, which offered an economical à la carte selection of blues, RB and soul songs in contrast with the Allmans’ epic all-you-can-eat live shows. Its critical success, combined with Gregg’s marriage to pop superstar Cher in 1975 and the group’s collective appetites for narcotics, led to the Allman Brothers’ breakup after the recording of their disappointing 1975 release Win, Lose or Draw. Additionally, Allman’s bandmates shunned him for testifying to a grand jury, in exchange for immunity, regarding his “valet” and drug provider John C. “Scooter” Herring. Audience shouts of “Narc!” plagued him for years afterward.

Allman continued to release solo albums throughout the Seventies and Eighties. These included the live Gregg Allman Tour (1974) and Playin’ Up a Storm (1977). Two the Hard Way (1977), a duo album with Cher credited to “Allman and Woman” resembled an Ashford Simpson-style effort. An admitted hardcore alcoholic throughout the Eighties and most of the Nineties, Allman enjoyed something of a comeback with I’m No Angel (1986) and, three years later, a reformed Allman Brothers Band. His only non-anthology solo release the following decade was Searching For Simplicity (1997). Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Allman Brothers Band in 1995 and would receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Grammys.  

In 2007, Allman was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which he attributed to a dirty tattoo needle, and he received a liver transplant. He also suffered from an atrial fibrillation and eventually switched to a gluten-free vegan diet.

T-Bone Burnett produced Low Country Blues (2011), a solid set of blues covers. Allman continued touring with the Allman Brothers until the group played its official final show at New York’s Beacon Theater on October 28th, 2014. All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, a live album featuring performances by Allman alongside contemporaries Dr. John, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Warren Haynes and Widespread Panic, among others, was released in 2015. He released Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon GA in 2015. A rep for Allman has confirmed that a new album, the Don Was–produced Southern Blood, will be released in September.

In 2016, Allman was forced to cancel his summer tour due to unspecified “serious health problems.” After briefly returning to the stage – Allman’s last concert was at his 2016 Laid Back Festival in Atlanta – and scheduling a winter tour, Allman again canceled the dates, citing a vocal injury. 

“This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” Allman said in a statement after calling off his winter tour. “I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.”

After rescheduling the dates, in March 2017, Allman’s rep announced, “It has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017,” although no reason was provided for the canceled concerts. The next month, Allman denied rumors that he was in hospice care.

Allman is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman and three grandchildren.

“When it’s all said and done, I’ll go to my grave and my brother will greet me saying, ‘Nice work, little brother – you did all right,’” Allman wrote in the last lines of My Cross to Bear. “I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I’ve had me a blast. I wouldn’t trade [my life] for nobody’s, but I don’t know if I’d do it again. If somebody offered me a second round, I think I’d have to pass on it.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gregg-allman-southern-rock-legend-dead-at-69-w433068

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Allman Brothers’ Chuck Leavell Pens Tribute to Gregg Allman

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

Keyboardist Chuck Leavell, a member of the Allman Brothers Band in the mid-Seventies, remembered Gregg Allman in a touching tribute following the Southern rock pioneer’s death at the age of 69.

“Gregg Allman was not only a friend and brother, but he was a strong inspiration to me very early on in my career,” Leavell wrote.

Like in Warren Haynes’ tribute, Leavell, an Alabama native, reflected on how the Allman Brothers Band’s unique blend of Southern rock inspired him and countless other musicians below the Mason-Dixon line.

“That first record [Allman Brothers Band] was groundbreaking and a new style of music, Southern Rock, was born,” he continued. “Little did I think at the time that I would be so fortunate to eventually be a part of it. I was just a fan and admirer of what he, Duane [Allman] and the rest of the band had done. Opening up for the ABB in 1970 and ’71 when I was with Alex Taylor and later with Dr. John, I would hang around after our performance and listen to them.”

Following Duane Allman’s death in 1971 and the release of Eat a Peach, Leavell performed with Gregg Allman on the 1972 solo LP Laid Back. When the Allman Brothers Band reformed for 1973′s Brothers Sisters, Leavell was part of the lineup, with the keyboardist most notably contributing to the Allman favorite “Jessica.”

“During that time, Gregg was much like a big brother to me,” Leavell wrote. “Gregg was always gracious to me… making sure I was included in everything from photo sessions to various parties and events… and even sometimes asking me to accompany him to events not related to the band’s duties. We finished recording Laid Back, and soon after, Brothers and Sisters… and these are probably the two records that I am most proud to have my name on.”

Although Leavell parted ways with Allman Brothers Band before the release of the 1976 live LP Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas, he remained part of the band’s orbit, performing alongside Dickey Betts and Gov’t Mule. In 2014, Leavell took part in a Gregg Allman tribute concert in Atlanta.

“That was one of the most special and memorable shows I’ve ever done, and Gregg’s participation certainly made it a major event. That just shows the kind of friend Gregg was. He certainly didn’t have to do that, and he didn’t take a dime for his participation,” Leavell wrote.

“Thank you, Gregg…for your inspiration, for your talent, for your loyal friendship and for the amazing human being you are. I am forever grateful for my relationship with you, for sharing the stage with you so many times, for the honor of recording with you on some records that have stood the test of time. You will always be my hero and I am your biggest fan.” 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/allman-brothers-chuck-leavell-pens-tribute-to-gregg-allman-w484664

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See Guns N’ Roses Cover ‘Black Hole Sun’ for Chris Cornell in Ireland

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

Guns N’ Roses kicked off the latest leg of their Not in This Lifetime Tour Saturday night in Slane, Ireland, where the band performed Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to Chris Cornell.

“This one’s to you Chris, Black Hole Sun live from Slane Castle,” the band’s Twitter wrote moments after the performance of the Superunknown classic.

Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, a fellow Seattle native who performed alongside Cornell in the reunited Mad Season, tweeted following Cornell’s death, “RIP Chris Cornell. Truly sad for his children and family….and the rest of us. A good man.”

Guns N’ Roses are the latest artist to tackle “Black Hole Sun” following Cornell’s unexpected death on May 18th, with Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Ryan Adams, Cody Jinks Paul Cauthen and more among the artists to perform the Soundgarden single.

Cornell was laid to rest Friday at a private ceremony in Los Angeles that was attended by his band mates and grunge peers, including members of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Pharrell Williams, Courtney Love, Nile Rodgers, Billy Idol and more.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-guns-n-roses-cover-black-hole-sun-for-chris-cornell-w484656

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Cher Mourns Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: ‘Words Are Impossible’

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

When news broke that Southern rock pioneer, the great Gregg Allman died, his famous ex-wife Cher tweeted a brief yet sentimental tribute using their old pet names for one another. “Words are impossible, Gui Gui” she wrote in her requisite all-caps lettering. “Forever, Chooch.” 

Between 1975 and 1977, Cher and Gregg Allman met, married, divorced, remarried, had a son and made an album together, aptly titled Two the Hard Way. The unlikely pairing of sleek, newly single pop diva and untamed southern rocker perplexed the public. But their partnership coincided during a mutually transitional period as both musicians strove to reinvent themselves in the next decade. 

In 1975, Cher was famously navigating a messy divorce and custody battle from her longtime partner and variety show co-host, Sonny Bono. (She wed Allman days after her divorce from Bono). Meanwhile, the Allman Brothers Band was reckoning with an ongoing DEA investigation and Gregg’s escalating drug abuse. In 1976, the band officially broke up. The same year, Gregg and Cher’s son, Elijah Blue, was born, and the couple tried to rekindle their relationship.  

While the marriage was fleeting, the initial spark between Allman and Cher was incendiary. “She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell,” Allman wrote in his memoir, recalling the first time he met her backstage in Los Angeles. 

The always-glamorous California native also took him out to his first disco. “I don’t know how to dance, but I got drunk enough to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom.” 

By 1978, Cher and Allman had broken up for the last time as romantic partners and musical collaborators. Despite the emotional turbulence fans saw splashed across tabloid magazine covers, Cher told People, nearly 40 years ago: “Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did … he’s wonderful. I don’t understand why he can’t see it. He’s the kindest, most gentle, loving husband and father. But then, he forgets and everything goes to shit.” 

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Warren Haynes Remembers ‘Dear Friend’ Gregg Allman

May 28th, 2017 · Guitar

Warren Haynes has penned a tribute to his musical hero, friend and band mate Gregg Allman following the Allman Brothers Band leader’s death Saturday.

“I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that, he was my dear friend,” Haynes wrote on Facebook.

“My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and [late Allman Brothers bassist] Allen Woody sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our asses off mile after mile. Traveling – like life – is so much better when you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many lately and this one is gonna be hard to get past. There is some comfort in knowing that millions of people all over the world feel the same way.”

In Haynes’ tribute, he writes about worshipping the Allman Brothers Band as a musician growing up in the South and how the band blended “soul, blues, rock, country, jazz-all mixed together in a way no one had ever done before.”

“Here was this group of Southern hippies with an integrated band coming out of the Deepest South with equally deep music on the heels of some extremely deep changes. We didn’t realize how heavy that was at the time but we sure realized how heavy the music was,” Haynes wrote.

“Every guitar player in every Southern town was listening to the Live at Fillmore East record and worshipping at the altar of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. But the icing on the cake was always Gregg’s voice.”

Haynes performed with the Dickey Betts Band and co-wrote Allman’s 1988 solo song “Before the Bullets Fly” before he ultimately joined the reunited Allman Brothers Band in 1989. Haynes remained a member until 1997, when he left to focus on his and Woody’s Gov’t Mule; following Woody’s death in 2000, he rejoined the Allmans, performing with the group until their final gigs in 2014.

[Allman] wrote these amazing songs that were as natural as his voice was,” Haynes continued. “The words and melodies felt so perfectly unpretentious and, when delivered by him, made an emotional connection that only happens when music is genuine and honest. I learned an enormous amount about singing and songwriting from him—most of it before we ever met.”

Read Haynes’ entire Allman remembrance below:

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/warren-haynes-remembers-dear-friend-gregg-allman-w484659

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Ariana Grande Pens Letter to Fans: ‘I Am Sorry For the Pain and the Fear’

May 27th, 2017 · Guitar

Ariana Grande expressed deep grief in a typed-out statement that she posted via Twitter on Friday afternoon. This is the pop singer’s first public address since she tweeted on Monday night after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside of her Manchester Arena concert. The explosion killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

“I have been thinking of my fans and of you all non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know,” the singer wrote. “The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite. I am sorry for the pain and fear that you must be feeling and for the trauma that you, too, must be experiencing.” 

Grande also announced that she will perform a Manchester benefit concert in honor of the victims and their families, but did not mention a specific date. Grande encouraged people to donate to a fund to help support the families of those harmed in the attack.

Grande was scheduled to perform two concerts at London’s O2 Arena during the same week as the attack. Those shows are canceled. Five more shows – May 28th in Antwerp, May 31st and June 1st in Lodz, Poland, June 3rd in Frankfurt and June 5th in Zurich – are also canceled.

As of press time, Grande’s next date is June 7th at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena, one of six concerts remaining on her European itinerary. From there, Grande is scheduled for a nine-date trek through South America and Mexico on June 29th, followed by tours of Southeast Asia and Australia.

Following the tragedy in Manchester, the singer tweeted, “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Grande reportedly returned to her home in Boca Raton, Florida in the aftermath of the attack.

Read Ariana Grande’s full statement on the Manchester attacks

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ariana-grande-writes-to-fans-i-am-sorry-for-the-pain-and-the-fear-w484575

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See Pixies Run Through ‘Tenement Song’ on ‘Colbert’

May 27th, 2017 · Guitar

Pixies wrapped the first leg of their three-tiered North American tour by stopping by The Late Show to perform “Tenement Song,” a cut off the band’s 2016 LP Head Carrier.

The band, with new bassist Paz Lenchantin, began their recent tour by visiting Conan to play “Bel Esprit.” The band previously released their animated video for “Tenement Song” in September.

The Pixies’ North American trek in support of Head Carrier continues this fall with 19 dates that span from September 19th in New Haven, Connecticut to October 21st at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan. After a brief break, Black Francis and company will embark on the recently announced third and final leg of the tour starting November 30th in Portland.

While in New York, Pixies also sat down for a 40-minute interview with Build where the band talked about Head Carrier, their next album and their current Kim Deal-less incarnation. “We’re just happy to be doing this as opposed to shipping and receiving,” Francis quipped.

Pixies Tour Dates

November 30 December 1- Portland, OR @ Roseland
December 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
December 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 7 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
December 9 – Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre
December 10 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-pixies-run-through-tenement-song-on-colbert-w484623

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Fans Mourn, Remember Chris Cornell at Public Memorial Service

May 27th, 2017 · Guitar

The memorial service for singer Chris Cornell drew a solemn crowd of family, friends and tearful admirers to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday. Cornell’s musical comrades in Soundgarden and Audioslave, with whom he’d created lasting, explosive songs, joined comics, classic rockers, movie stars and grunge contemporaries in remembering the singer-guitarist. But when the service was over, and the park opened to to the public, it was Cornell’s most hardcore fans who spent the day singing and weeping around the gleaming headstone, which read: “Voice of our generation and an artist for all time.”

The headstone fittingly laid beside the memorial statue of the late Johnny Ramone, an epic sculpture of the punk rock guitar hero leaning into a riff. In recent years, Cornell had been a VIP guest at Hollywood Forever’s annual birthday celebration for the late Ramones guitarist. (The cemetery is also where bassist Dee Dee Ramone is buried.) A mountain of flowers, scattered guitar picks, prayer beads, beer bottles, votive candles, drawings and personal notes – “Thank you, Chris” and “Rock in Peace,” among them – quickly covered Cornell’s headstone.

“Is it weird to love someone you didn’t know? I think all these people here loved him in their own way,” Rita Neyter Skiles, a Cornell fan since she was a teenager in the early 1990s, tells Rolling Stone. Neyter was now mourning in a long black dress and tall laced boots. Coming to see and touch the headstone was “therapeutic,” she adds.

She met Cornell decades earlier at a Soundgarden autograph signing at a Hollywood record store and saw him perform at least 15 times in his bands’ and solo tours. The last time was his 2015 solo acoustic tour behind his Higher Truth album. Coming to the memorial made the shock of his death real, she says.

“There’s a sense of camaraderie here. Everyone is trying to connect in the same way.”

During a career of more than three decades, Cornell rose from the alternative underground to become a Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artist and one of the most powerful and distinctive singers in hard rock. At 52, he died by suicide in his hotel room in the early morning of May 18th, just hours after performing a Soundgarden concert in Detroit.

“I’ve been in denial since I heard the news,” Skiles, 42, explains as fans nearby gently sang Soundgarden’s “Outshined.” “It’s very surreal. I’ve had moments of release and hurt. There’s a sense of camaraderie here. Everyone is trying to connect in the same way.”

On the narrow asphalt road beside the gravesite, Angel Morales, 40, set up a microphone and plugged an electric guitar into a small P.A. to perform two Audioslave songs. He began with “I Am the Highway” and followed with the soaring “Like A Stone” before cemetery staff interrupted him. Other fans continued singing the song as Morales packed up.

“I just wanted to say goodbye his way,” says Morales, clad in jeans and a black dress shirt. “Chris Cornell was one of my inspirations for music. I got into music because of him.”

Friends Lyndsey Palumbo, 30, and Jaclyn Cramden, 29, arrived in matching silver lavender hair. Both were longtime Cornell fans: Soundgarden was the first concert Palumbo ever attended, and Cramden discovered Cornell through Audioslave. Watching fans mourning – some paused to touch the grave marker, while others quietly snapped a selfie with the mound of flowers and messages for the singer – was “overwhelming” for Palumbo. “I went silent, kind of like shock – just looking at all the flowers and everyone’s writing things on it,” she says. “He left an impression on so many people. His voice touched people’s souls.”

Cramden wore her boyfriend’s Soundgarden T-shirt reading “Screaming Live 88,” commemorating a tour from the year she was born. Cramden got to see Cornell perform just once, during last year’s Temple of the Dog reunion tour. “You think back – and that was such an experience,” she says, voice cracking, “that you were lucky enough to see him, and you didn’t think it was going to mean so much.”

Later in the afternoon, someone brought out an acoustic guitar, which was passed around as fans took turns playing songs connected to Cornell. Some found the right chords easily, with others struggling to remember. Nearby was Eric Deez, 32, in black leather motorcycle jacket with lapels covered in pins with band names, skulls and the face of Charles Manson. “Soundgarden wasn’t a flash in the pan. It was a major movement,” says Deez, who learned of Cornell’s death after waking up to the news on his cell phone. “He went down as the best vocalist of all time – at least in hard rock. The legacy there is going to last forever.”

“He’s my best friend – though I never met him”

One of the fans who sat the longest beside the gravestone Friday was Celeste Barrella, 28, who arrived that morning from Argentina. She planned to fly home the next morning. A few days earlier, she got a fresh tattoo on her left forearm, partially echoing both an early Soundgarden song and Audioslave lyric from “Shadow of the Sun”: “LOUD LOVE – In memory of one who resides inside my skin.”

“He’s my best friend – though I never met him,” Barrella said of Cornell, in long black hair and red plaid shirt. Behind her right ear was an older tattoo, the flame insignia of Audioslave, a band she discovered at age 13 and which she said “changed my life.”

“Audioslave had the most powerful lyrics that Chris wrote,” she adds. “He was going though a really tough moment in his life … It represented what was happening to me too. I was going through my adolescence. You just don’t know what to do, who to talk with. And he had the words I needed at that moment.”

Just over a week before, news of Cornell’s death sent Barrella into overwhelming grief. She spent hours crying at her computer at work, and her boss sent her home. Now she was at the gravesite, observing Cornell’s name etched in stone. “It’s not a goodbye to me,” she says. “He lives with me. All the fans, we have to keep his memory alive. He needs us to do that.”

After spending the day at the cemetery, Barrella said she would eventually leave and continue with her life, and maybe find a welcome moment of escape during her remaining hours in Los Angeles. “I’m going to stick around for a while,” she said, “then I’m going to find something happier to do.” 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fans-mourn-remember-chris-cornell-at-public-memorial-service-w484626

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Review: Lil Yachty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’ Might Change the Way People Rap

May 27th, 2017 · Guitar

Nineteen-year-old “bubblegum trap” sensation Lil Yachty is rap’s most polarizing figure. He joyfully hopscotches past hip-hop tradition in a way that’s not only antagonizing to old heads (he famously told Billboard that he “honestly couldn’t name five songs” by Biggie and Tupac), but actively unmoors rap from familiar ideas of rhythm and melody. On his debut album, Teenage Emotions, he brags that he has “never took a sip of beer” but has an intoxicated flow, crooning notes he can’t hit and enthusiastically rapping beyond the beat. Love him or hate him, he is probably going to change the world.

There’s no real musical cohesion on this collection of 21 tracks by 23 producers, but the presence of the Instagram star is unmistakable, gleefully rapping about looking at the stars, going back to high school to stunt on his teachers and – on two different songs – having sex with people’s moms. He cuts a presence that’s one part Chance the Rapper at his most cheerful, one part Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnston at his most pajama-party friendly and one part Beavis at his most sophomoric.

Teenage Emotions may just be a landmark moment for rap, opening the genre to the giddy, childlike, organic, occasionally broken feel of Eighties twee-centric bands like Beat Happening, Television Personalities and Half Japanese. None of these bands had hit records but paved a road that led to Nirvana, Beck, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Bright Eyes and Deerhoof. An entire generation of current indie rock bands give their bands childlike names like Soccer Mommy, Loose Tooth, Scary Little Friends, Cuddle Magic and Diarrhea Planet. And it’s right on time too: Beat Happening’s 1988 LP Jamboree was even closer to Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” than Yachty’s Teenage Emotions is to Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” So here he comes with a combination of naïve-sounding melodies, kid-like lyrics and pop smarts – a history that reaches back into some of our greatest songwriters (think Talking Heads’ “Stay Up Late” and Nirvana’s “Sliver”), but is practically unheard of in rap.

In short, he’s no naïf, but a pop songwriter who deals with the feel-good, free-wheeling vibe of childhood. If he releases the Diplo-assisted “Forever Young” as a single, he might have a hit bigger than Alphaville and Jay Z’s combined. Name-checked on this album are Kid Cuisine frozen dinners, N’Sync, the X-Men, Kirby and Othello (and here, you’re only about 70% sure he means the board game, not the Shakespeare character). The break-up song “Runnin With a Ghost” features a cameo from his Metallica Ride the Lightning T-shirt. There’s even a shout out to classic kawaii signifier Hello Kitty, even if it’s the icky come-on “Play with that kitty like Hello” on “Peek-a-Boo.”

He’s a K Records natural when he’s at his sweetest. “I been missin’ the way your stories tell” (“Bring It Back”) reads like a Composition notebook scribble turned into perfect pop valentine. A stickier milkshake is the Super Nintendo reggae of “Better”: “Let’s grow old, rocking chairs and play checkers … Without you I feel so blue/I’d probably lose my train of to-dos.” And as pick-up lines go, you can’t get get more innocent than “Hello/Would you like to push petals through the meadow with me?” even though he follows it with the brasher “Wassup? I just got a question, baby, can I fuck?” The reunited Violent Femmes would do good to add friendzone anthem “Made of Glass” to their setlist: “Am I made up of glass? Do you see straight through me?”

Even his most nauseating sex rhymes – and, boy, are there is no $hortage of nauseating sex rhymes on here ­– have the feeling of a playground gross-out session. If you were never the type of kid to tell dead baby jokes or sneak John Waters movies, then no worries if you can’t stomach barf-bag couplets like, “Lil shorty get wet from the Lil Yachty poster/Before we fuck I gotta lay down a coaster/’Cause she get wet, and she suck me like an insect/She my step-sister so I guess that’s incest.”

Yachty’s melodic structure is equally raw and unconcerned with expectations. He’s no amateur since he’s surely capable of dropping deft, funky, traditional old-school bars when teamed with Tee Grizzley (“The D to the A”) or appearing in a Target commercial (“It Takes Two”) or even an XXL Freestyle. But still, Yachty’s album willfully lands on cracked notes and internal-logic rhythms. He’s a craftsman with a unique vision like Captain Beefheart or Harry Partch or the Residents, just with a pop streak he can’t kick. He understands the appeal of the fragile, the different, the bent and the drifting.

The closest thing to a traditional rap, “DN Freestyle,” has him careening across the beat like it’s accompaniment instead of the rhythmic base an MC is supposed to sync up with. His voice is elastic and he’s never afraid to go into a back of the throat yowl. Watch how he emotionally but excitedly wails on “Say My Name”: “My brother used to sleep in a Hyundai/Now he spent about a hundred G’s on a fun day, wow” The brash tunelessness of love songs like “Lady in the Yellow” and “Bring it Back” – moving from his regular voice to a falsetto in the former, completely skating off the beat and making mouth percussion in the latter – sound like your drunk co-worker doing Billy Ocean at karaoke.

Yachty’s organic, warts-and-all delivery – when being a perv, when pining for a girl, even singing a song for his mom – makes his music feel simply more naked and human, even with that layer of Auto-Tune. And the generation that has vaulted him to SoundCloud fame certainly agrees. Whether affected or genuine, he’s got a fractured delivery and a free approach to rhythm that seems like a new way of approaching a genre that’s been rooted in “the one” and “the pocket” for more than 40 years. Rap music has its twee icon – and this time, the revolution is not just for record geeks.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-lil-yachtys-teenage-emotions-w484582

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