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Imagine Dragons Release New Song ‘Next to Me,’ Plot Summer Tour

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

Imagine Dragons blend the experimental and accessible on their grandiose new single, “Next to Me.” Singer Dan Reynolds belts about love and loyalty, while the arrangement weaves in a fingerpicked acoustic guitar figure in 4/4 and a shuffling 3/4 drum pattern.

“Something ’bout the way that you walk into my living room/ Casually and confident, looking at the mess I am,” he sings. “But still you, still you want me.” The song builds to an arena-worthy chorus with massive, choral-style backing vocals and electronic effects.

The alt-rock band also extended the promotional tour behind their third LP, 2017′s Evolve, with a new run of North American dates. The summer trek launches June 5th in Hartford, Connecticut and concludes August 10th in Tampa, Florida. A fall date in Dallas, though not officially part of the Evolve tour, follows on October 20th.

Tickets for most shows go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 3rd at 10 a.m. local time via Live Nation; the Wichita, Kansas show goes on sale Friday, March 9th. Fans can register now through Sunday, February 25th for free access to Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan pre-sale, which runs from Tuesday, February 27th at 10 a.m. local time through Friday, March 2nd at 10 p.m. local time.

Imagine Dragons Tour Dates

June 5 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
June 6 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 8 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 9 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 11 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
June 13 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
June 16 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 21 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 24 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
June 26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
June 29 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 30 – Camden, NJ* @ BBT Pavilion (already announced)
July 2 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 3 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 5 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 7 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
July 8 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater
July 10 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 13 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
July 16 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
July 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
July 24 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
July 26 – Bozeman, MT @ Bobcat Stadium
July 30 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
August 1 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
August 2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
August 4 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
August 7 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater
August 9 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
August 10 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 20 – Dallas, TX @ Toyota Stadium

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/imagine-dragons-release-next-to-me-plot-summer-tour-w516968

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See Liam Gallagher Sing Yoko Ono-Inspired ‘I’ve All I Need’ on ‘Corden’

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

Liam Gallagher had an air of casual charisma during his performance of “I’ve All I Need” on The Late Late Show on Wednesday. The song originally appeared last October as part of As You Were, the former Oasis singer’s solo debut.

On The Late Late Show, Gallagher’s drummer beat out a square, imposing rhythm over the lead guitarist’s melody. Gallagher barreled through short, rhyming verses with his hands at his pockets. He frequently stepped away from the microphone and stared impassively at the audience. Though the singer held a pair of maracas, he never shook them.

In an interview with NME, Gallagher said that “I’ve All I Need” was inspired by a meeting he had with Yoko Ono in New York City. “She invites us in and makes us a cup of tea, and she’s got this banner, massive banner round the kitchen, and I said ‘oh, what does that mean?’” Gallagher recalled. “She goes, ‘John [Lennon] asked the same question when we went to Japan to meet my parents.’ Anyway it says ‘while I’ve been hibernating, I’ve been gathering my wings.’” 

Gallagher included that phrase in “I’ve All I Need.” He also uses the line “all things must pass,” the title of a George Harrison LP, and the phrase “tomorrow never knows,” which served as the title of a Beatles’ song from Revolver.

While Gallagher was hibernating and gathering his wings, he also managed to maintain his core fanbase in the U.K. As You Were debuted at Number One on the U.K. albums chart, outselling the rest of the top ten albums combined. He also achieved the biggest one-week vinyl sales tally the U.K. had seen in 20 years.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-liam-gallagher-perform-ive-all-i-need-on-corden-w516997

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Guitar Virtuoso Sandy Bull Gets Reissue of Last LP ‘Steel Tears’

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

Omnivore Recordings will reissue Sandy Bull’s final album, Steel Tears, along with four previously unreleased tracks on April 13th. 

Bull, an influential psych-folk musician who influenced Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and more, recorded several albums that attracted a cult following in the 1960s. His work incorporated folk, blues, psychedelia and classical influences next to music from India, Brazil and the Middle East. But after 1972′s Demolition Derby, Bull recorded only three albums before his death in 2001. Steel Tears was the last, released in 1996.

Despite the gaps in Bull’s catalog, his work anticipated several developments in popular music. ”While everybody in the initial wave of the folk revival of the ’60s was looking backwards, Sandy was looking forward,” the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jeff Hanna told The Los Angeles Times in 2001. “He had a way of taking influences from everything, from Appalachian music to Indian music to African music, and combining it into this great Sandy gumbo. He was a great musician.”

On Steel Tears, Bull explored his early affinity for country music. To honor that spirit, the new reissue will also include three Bull tribute tracks recorded in Nashville by a band that includes Hanna, Matraca Berg, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Mickey Raphael, a longtime collaborator of Willie Nelson.

Omnivore’s Steel Tears is the first reissue of the album, giving a new generation of listeners a chance to discover Bull. “Sandy Bull did it first, he laid the foundation, he built the highways,” said accomplished singer/songwriter/producer Buddy Miller in a statement. “[He was] a visionary who heard music as a communal stew pot.”

Steel Tears Reissue Track List

1. “Arabalabama”
2. “Long As We’re Dreaming”
3. “Can I Get A Witness”
4. “Old Habits Like You”
5. “Love Is Forever”
6. “I Don’t Care”
7. “It Should be Easier Now”
8. “My Baby Left Me”
9. “Steel Tears”
10. “Sideshow”
11. “I May Never Pass Out”
12. “Nagra Sarod (Take 1)”
13. “Rhumba”
14. “Nagra guitar (Take 1)”
15. “Strat 1″
16. “Love Is Forever” (featuring Matraca Berg Mickey Raphael)
17. “I May Never Pass Out” (featuring Jeff Hanna Kevin Welch)
18. “Jesse James Jam”
19. “Sandy’s Last Word”  

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guitar-virtuoso-sandy-bull-gets-massive-reissue-of-last-lp-w517004

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Hear Breeders’ Dark New Song ‘Nervous Mary,’ From First LP in 10 Years

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

The Breeders unveiled a bristling new song, “Nervous Mary,” set to appear on the alt-rock outfit’s upcoming album, All Nerve, out March 2nd.

Kim Deal sings with a low, candid edge, that’s balanced with the occasional harmony, making lines like “Run for your life, they’re coming up on us,” sound sweet and ominous simultaneously. 

“Nervous Mary” follows the band’s previously released All Nerve songs, “Wait In the Car,” and the album’s title track. All Nerve marks the group’s first album since 2008′s Mountain Battles and the group’s first in 25 years to feature the same lineup as their seminal 1993 LP, Last Splash.

Along with releasing “Nervous Mary,” the Breeders also launched a new “Breeders Digest” playlist generator. The app uses Spotify’s API to create personalized Breeders playlists for fans based on their answers to a series of questions. 

The Breeders will embark on a North American tour in support of All Nerve April 5th in Los Angeles.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/breeders-new-song-nervous-mary-from-first-lp-in-10-years-w517008

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Dua Lipa: Pop’s Warrior of Love

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

Some dudes on Saturday Night Live’s crew are hammering together a green screen at Studio 8H when Dua Lipa walks past them in a long black dress, steps onto a stage, and seats herself atop a grand piano, dangling her legs from the end like a lounge act. It’s the first Thursday in February, and two days from now, Lipa will take this stage as the evening’s musical guest. She has reason to feel confident: A 22-year-old pop singer from London, Lipa was the most-streamed female musician in the U.K. last year; fans include Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruno Mars; and her biggest single, “New Rules,” has more than a billion YouTube views.

Lipa starts into “Homesick,” a wounded ballad she wrote with Martin, which is far and away the sparest song in her catalog – a slow, spotlit showcase for her rich, smoky voice, whereas most of her songs tend toward brash, uptempo thumpers. Lipa’s day-to-day manager, Jules, aims his phone at a monitor, shooting video of the rehearsal for reference, because Lipa’s plan is to sit on the piano near-motionless for the entire song, and although she hopes this will register as subtly powerful, she also worries it might just come off as inert.

Lipa has learned that, when you’re in the public eye, even the tiniest gestures can resonate. For instance: Last October, she borrowed a Taylor Swift Speak Now T-shirt from Jules and wore it to a soundcheck and meet-and-greet in Germany. Photos made it to Instagram, and Swift’s fans spotted it and giddily circulated the shots. Soon Swift herself posted a euphoric comment online in response: “I AM SCREECHING WITH JOY.” The next month, however, all her goodwill with Team Taylor went up in flames when some of those same Swift fans discovered a 2016 video interview in which Lipa, engaged in a cats-or-dogs-style quiz, was asked to choose between Swift and Kanye West – and went with Yeezy, emphatically and unhesitatingly. “I wasn’t thinking about their beef,” she says. “I was thinking about their music, and Taylor is amazing, but I’m such a hip-hop fan that I would probably choose Kanye over anyone.” The result was a barrage of hate from the Swift faithful. “They were sending me snake emojis for, like, three days straight. They’re like, ‘I hope you die.’ I’m like, ‘Yo! I literally didn’t say anything.’ ”

Now, rehearsing at SNL, Lipa’s worries about “Homesick” turn out to have merit. Legs crossed tight, back straight, she holds a cordless mic with her left hand and plants her right hand stiffly on the piano, not because it’s what feels the most natural, necessarily, but because her vocal coach, Lorna, told her that this pose would help give her strength to catapult into the song’s early, hard-to-hit high notes. The performance feels off, and, when it’s over, Lipa grimaces: One particularly high note proved irksomely out of her reach.

Within seconds, she’s in a huddle with her team. Jules presses play on the video he shot; Lorna launches into vocal drills. Lipa scrutinizes the phone and makes strange noises for Lorna, then the SNL camera crew is back in position and it’s time for another go. This time, when the second verse starts, Lipa clutches the mic two-handed, holds it to her chest, then brings her left palm up beside her cheek, where, captured in close-up, it trembles and grabs, helping to put some more drama into the performance. It’s a minuscule tweak, but Lipa could tell from Jules’ video that it would make a big difference. (Come Saturday, she will repeat these motions almost exactly.)

Some three dozen crew members and assorted hangers-on watch, rapt. When she’s done, the room breaks into applause. Looking effortless takes work. 

Dua Lipa hasn’t performed for a room this small in a while. Last fall, she played two nights at Madison Square Garden while opening a bunch of arena shows for Bruno Mars. She has a sound suited to vast spaces: big beats, big hooks and even bigger vocals. She started posting YouTube covers from a friend’s bedroom when she was 15, and even then she was unafraid to tackle full-throated material from heroes like Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone. These covers were part of a conscious strategy: “It was like a portfolio. I would go out to gigs and make friends, and if someone was like, ‘I’m a producer’ or ‘I’m a songwriter,’ I’d be like, ‘Well, I have these covers. …’ ”

A string of such encounters, in person and online, led her to Ben Mawson, a music manager whose client roster includes Lana Del Rey. He signed her, and “literally the day after” booked her into the studio with what would become a parade of various writers. Lipa said she did have a rough notion of what she wanted to sound like, inspired by her twinned loves of pop and hip-hop, but its oddness would throw people for a loop: “I’d go into the studio, like, ‘I want to sound like Nelly Furtado and J. Cole,’ and people would be like, ‘What the fuck?’ ”

Inspiration came from unlikely places. While co-writing with the London-based electronic act RITUAL, Lipa struggled to crack the code of an unfinished track: “I was going through a tough breakup. Someone who made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. But when I wrote this song, I wanted it to seem like he couldn’t get enough of me.” The song “was good, but the chorus wasn’t quite there. We were like, ‘Let’s scrap it.’ And I was scrolling through Tumblr, and I see the words ‘Hotter than Hell’ in red on a black background. And I go, ‘That’s cool!’ What if he thought I was hotter than hell, and I just didn’t want him?” The single, “Hotter Than Hell,” went gold in the U.K.

With that song, Lipa says she finally found a track that felt uniquely like her. It introduced her to fans as a sort of warrior of love: Moments of vulnerability and longing dot her lyrics, but her prevailing mode is to take no bullshit and take no prisoners. “New Rules” is framed as a three-point battle plan for cutting off a bad-news dude; a more recent single, “IDGAF,” plays almost like the sequel, where a former romantic tormentor crawls out of the woodwork, interested in rekindling things, and Lipa mercilessly sends him packing.

These songs aren’t exactly autobiographical, but Lipa says she’s got ample experience in the chump-boyfriend department. Sometimes her exes were “emotionally manipulative”; sometimes their failings were more comical. “I dated this guy who literally would never eat a single vegetable,” she recalls. “I was like, ‘This is terrible. You eat like a five-year-old. I’m fucking out.’ ”

A couple of weeks ago, Lipa was watching the Grammys, blown away by Kendrick Lamar’s performance. The event was criticized for the preposterous facts that Alessia Cara was the only woman to win an award during the entire show and that Lorde hadn’t been offered a solo performance despite an Album of the Year nomination. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow dug the hole deeper when he remarked on this disparity by telling women music-makers to “step up.” Lipa’s eyes go wide discussing this. “Women are stepping up,” she says. “We just need to be given a chance.” (Portnow later apologized for his wording.) She shakes her head. “These men in power should be supporting everything that’s happening, supporting equality, rather than saying, ‘You’re just not working hard enough.’ ”

Lipa says that, growing up, she learned firsthand what work means. Born in London, she comes from a family of Albanians from Kosovo who left their homeland when it became engulfed in conflict. Her parents were immigrant strivers who “worked in, like, restaurants and bars and little coffee shops,” she says, making ends meet as London transplants. “They worked really, really hard, and while they were doing that, my dad went to night school to get a business degree, then a master’s in journalism, then started getting into advertising. My mom was getting her law degree before the war started, and when we moved to London she studied travel and tourism.”

Music filled the Lipa household thanks to her father, who sang lead, on the side, in a Kosovar rock band called Oda. “They did it for fun,” she says, “but then they had a really big song called ‘Beso ne Diell,’ which means ‘Believe in the sun.’ I did a show in Kosovo two summers ago and me and my band decided to surprise my dad and sing it. It was so surreal, because everyone in the audience was singing along.”

In her early adolescence, the Lipas moved back to Kosovo’s capital, Pristina: “I could speak the language, but I couldn’t read or write, so moving there was daunting – the other kids weren’t going to be making spelling mistakes on their homework. Not only that, but just being the new girl in school, once everyone has formed their friendships. It was nerve-wracking.” But she made friends, and they put her on to hip-hop. Her first concert was Method Man and Redman. Second was 50 Cent.

At 15, intent on taking a shot at a music career, Lipa convinced her parents to let her move back to London without them, staying with a family friend and enrolling at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, whose alumni include Amy Winehouse and Rita Ora. A few years later, “it came to the point where I had to decide what I wanted to do for university, and I didn’t know,” Lipa says. “I knew the only thing I wanted to do was music. So I was like, ‘Let me just take a year out and see what happens.’ ” Before that year was through, she’d landed her major-label deal.

When she’s done rehearsing at SNL, Lipa gets into the back of a car and heads to her hotel, on the Lower East Side. Paparazzi have been waiting for her here on and off, but none are in sight at the moment. We try to grab a table at the hotel restaurant, but they don’t open for another half-hour. We stand in the lobby, plotting our next move.

Downtime is rare for Lipa these days. A few nights ago, she was up in Montreal for a headlining concert. Not long before that, she was in Jamaica, at the venerable Geejam Studios, hashing out songs for her next album. “I want it to still be pop, but lean more toward soulful,” she says of the project. “My voice kind of lends itself to that genre.” She lists some of the things she’s been drawing on for inspiration: “Electric Chair,” by Prince; the new Francis and the Lights album; a lot of Outkast. She’s put in time in the studio in recent months with platinum-certified hitmakers like Mark Ronson and pop mastermind Max Martin. “I spent a week with Max, and it was the first time where I felt like there was a lot more method to the things I was writing about. First with him you lay down the melodies, listen to them over and over again, and say, ‘Maybe we should change this note.’ ” When it came to writing lyrics, “You couldn’t use the same words too often, next to each other. And not everything can start on the one, because it doesn’t keep it as interesting. I played him some of the stuff I did in Jamaica, and he’d say, ‘You could totally simplify this. Just repeat that twice. Make it easier for the listener.’ He has, like, a lot of rules and theories.”

That sort of systematic approach appeals to Lipa, who keeps dozens of running lists on her phone, which she pulls out to show me: “This is, like, the 100 books I should read before I die. I bought all of them, and my goal is to read them all.” She just finished Emma Cline’s Manson-murders-inspired The Girls and loved it. Now she’s in the middle of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. “I think it helps with my songwriting,” she says.

There’s still time to kill before the restaurant will seat us. “Are you opposed to eating dessert before you eat dinner?” she asks. We walk down the block to an ice cream parlor. “This is, like, the third day in a row I’ve come here,” she notes, digging a spoon into a cup of vegan vanilla something-or-other. “I don’t want to ruin my appetite,” she says. “But sometimes you’ve got to break the rules.”

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/dua-lipa-new-rules-singer-talks-max-martin-w516978

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Watch Bon Jovi Perform Rousing ‘When We Were Us’ on ‘Colbert’

February 25th, 2018 · Guitar

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bon Jovi performed a vigorous live rendition of “When We Were Us” on Thursday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Jon Bon Jovi belted lyrics about the power of memory over a surge of requisite power chords and harmonies.

Both “When We Were Us” and another new song, “Walls,” appear on a new reissue of the band’s 2016 LP, This House Is Not For Sale. The group is currently still touring behind the album, with a new leg of North American dates set to kick off March 14th in Denver.

Howard Stern will induct Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the 2018 ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 14th. An edited version of the event will air later on HBO.

The band’s original line-up – including former guitarist Richie Sambora and bassist Alec John Such – is expected to reunite during the ceremony. Sambora told Rolling Stone in December that he would “be obliged” to take part. On Wednesday, Jon Bon Jovi appeared to confirm the news during the iHeartRadio Icons With Bon Jovi broadcast, saying he’s “exchanged emails” with Sambora and spoke to Such. “They’ve been invited to not only come and celebrate but to perform with us,” he said, Asbury Park Press reports. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-bon-jovi-play-rousing-when-we-were-us-on-colbert-w517058

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Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens to Perform at 2018 Oscars

February 24th, 2018 · Guitar

Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common and Gael García Bernal are set to perform their Best Original Song nominees at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Miguel will perform “Remember Me” from the computer-animated fantasy Coco, alongside the film’s star, Bernal, and singer Natalia Lafourcade. Best Supporting Actress nominee Blige – the first person to be nominated for both a performance and original song in the same year – will sing “Mighty River” from period drama, Mudbound.

Sufjan Stevens will play “Mystery of Love,” his acoustic song from Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name. (The film is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Timothée Chalamet.) Keala Settle will perform “This Is Me” from the Hugh Jackman-led musical The Greatest Showman; and Common will unite with Andra Day for “Stand Up for Something,” from the legal drama, Marshall.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 90th Academy Awards, scheduled for Sunday, March 4th at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The ceremony will be broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/miguel-mary-j-blige-sufjan-stevens-to-perform-at-2018-oscars-w517065

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Belly Prep First LP in 23 Years, Release New Song ‘Shiny One’

February 24th, 2018 · Guitar

Belly will release their first LP in 23 years, Dove, on May 4th. The alt-rock quartet previewed the album with new single, “Shiny One.” Tanya Donelly belts through the synth-y haze: “Call my fallen angel/ When the call comes, you answer it/ When the call comes, you answer it for me/ Don’t forget who you come from, son.”

Donelly wrote about her deep “affection” for “Shiny One,” which is also the band’s first completely collaborative song, she said. “Gail wrote the riff and the chorus; Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge; Chris’s parts shaped the direction and vibe,” she added. “When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally.” The song is available as an instant download with pre-orders of Dove.

Donelly, a former member of Throwing Muses and Breeders, formed Belly in 1991. Two years later, the band issued their acclaimed debut album, Star, which earned Grammy nods for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist. The group released a second album, 1995′s King, before dissolving the next year. The quartet – Donelly, guitarist Tom Gorman, drummer Chris Gorman, bassist Gail Greenwood – reunited for a run of U.S. and U.K. shows in 2016, building to conversations about returning to the studio.

“We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music,” Donelly said in a statement. “The music I’ve been doing in the past several years has been very collaborative, which made me kind of homesick for Belly; I missed that sense of having a band.”

After a series of collaborative writing sessions, which often involved sending snippets and demos through email, they recorded Dove, with Gorman recording and producing alongside Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead).

Belly will kick off their first major tour since 1995 this summer. After a May 26th spot at Boston Calling festival, their U.K. leg launches June 9th in Portsmouth, U.K. and concludes on the 20th in London; a U.S. jaunt begins August 8th in L.A. and wraps October 6th in Chicago. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/belly-prep-first-lp-in-23-years-drop-new-song-shiny-one-w517061

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Prince’s Paisley Park Sets Celebration 2018 Four-Day Event

February 24th, 2018 · Guitar

Prince‘s Paisley Park have announced the details for Celebration 2018, the second annual four-day gathering at the music icon’s Chanhassen, Minnesota complex.

Taking place April 19th to 22nd, Celebration 2018 “will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker,” organizers said.

Among the musical acts scheduled to perform at Celebration 2018 include Prince’s longtime protégé Sheila E., fDeluxe – the group formerly known as the Family featuring Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson – and the live debut of a new supergroup composed of members of Paisley Park and New Power Generation alumni.

On April 21st, the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death, Celebration 2018 attendees will flock to Minneapolis’ Target Center for Prince: Live on the Big Screen, a concert featuring “newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target Center stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside him throughout his storied career.”

Sheila E., Melvoin, Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia, orchestral arranger Mike Nelson, drummer Kirk Johnson, collaborator Chance Howard and dozens more will also serve as special guest speakers during the four-day Celebration 2018. Tickets for the event are available now through the Paisley Park site.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/princes-paisley-park-sets-celebration-2018-four-day-event-w517090

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Hear Logic’s First New Song of 2018, ’44 More’

February 24th, 2018 · Guitar

Grammy-nominated rapper Logic released his first new song of the year, “44 More.” You in the club throwing dollars/ But I’m savin’ mine so my kids go to college,” he raps over an 808 beat laced with skittering hi-hats and synths. 

The rapper released his breakthrough album, Everybody, in 2017. It debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 on the strength of suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. The trio performed the emotionally raw hit with suicide survivors onstage at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Since then, Logic spoke to Rolling Stone about his success to coping with anxiety to being parodied on South Park. “It was bittersweet,” he said of Eric Cartman poking fun of his ubiquitous hit single. “At the end of the day, South Park makes fun of everybody. But I wanna watch what I say: I have a sense of humor, but there are certain things that shouldn’t be joked about. This is a song about suicide. They went a little far, but they’re still talking about suicide, so it did shed more light on it, you know?” 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-logics-first-new-song-of-2018-44-more-w517072

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