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Hear Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, Mathematics Bash Martin Shkreli on New Song

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

On new Wu-Tang Clan-related song “Lesson Learn’d,” Inspectah Deck disses Martin Shkreli, the infamous “Pharma bro” who reportedly paid $2 million for a copy of the group’s one-of-a-kind LP, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin (before selling it on eBay), and exchanged widely publicized barbs with Ghostface Killah. “My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sells,” the rapper boasts on the cut, alluding to the former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO’s widely derided move to raise the cost of antiparasitic drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent. 

Redman joins on the low-key, Mathematics-produced track, rhyming over cinematic string samples and a thudding beat. The rapper sneaks in some hilarious lines, including, “Never fell off, look in the mirror/ When I drop somethin’, you like Martin – all ears.” 

“Lesson Learn’d” is featured on the group’s upcoming LP Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, out October 13th. RZA executive produced the album, with Mathematics handling “creative production.” “Lesson Learn’d,” available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album, follows lead single “People Say,” which features Method Man, Reakwon, Inspektah Deck, Master Kill and Redman.

“For years, Math has had the idea of putting together a body of music using modern and legendary equipment such as ASR10 with vocal performances by Wu-Tang Clan members and other prominent MCs,” the producer said.

This summer, Wu-Tang Clan/Shkreli drama took a comedic left turn with the Off-Broadway premiere of a musical comedy about the bizarre saga.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-wu-tang-clans-inspectah-deck-mathematics-bash-martin-shkreli-on-new-song-w504882

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Demi Lovato Embraces the Dance Floor on New Song ‘Sexy Dirty Love’

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Demi Lovato pivots towards the dance floor on “Sexy Dirty Love,” the latest in a flurry of singles she has released leading up Tell Me You Love Me, a new LP due out September 29th.

Old and new collide in “Sexy Dirty Love.” Instrumentally, the song borrows heavily from late Seventies disco and stabbing Eighties funk; lyrically, Lovato narrates a thoroughly modern romantic encounter initiated through sexting. “Now you’re teasing me and I can’t help but do the same,” she sings, bringing her typical vocal firepower to each syllable. “Whispering through your phone, you’re driving me insane.” 

“Sexy Dirty Love” is the third song on Tell Me You Love Me; it serves as a surge of energy on the album following the downtempo title track. It’s not Lovato’s only dance floor-friendly cut in circulation at the moment: her collaboration with Cheat Codes, “No Promises,” also reached Number Seven on the Pop Radio chart this week.

Tell Me You Love Me‘s lead single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” recently climbed to Number 13 on the Hot 100. It’s likely to climb further after Lovato’s recent visit to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-demi-lovatos-kinetic-new-song-sexy-dirty-love-w504916

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Hear Skrillex’s Volatile Remix of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Skrillex released an unruly remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble” on Friday, destabilizing the organized thump of the original to create a volatile new track.

Skrillex rearranges “Humble” into a short, multi-section suite. The new version of the track opens with Lamar rapping a capella. Skrillex gradually adds a beat, but the elements under Lamar’s voice keep changing – electronic screeches, steady handclaps, a drum-and-bass-like flurry of percussion, a brassy stomp. This version of “Humble” never stays in one place for long, and it ends in less than three minutes.

Skrillex’s “Humble” remix is the latest in a wide-ranging group of releases from the producer this year. In May, he curated a compilation of house music that included his own track “Chicken Soup.” He also teamed up with Justin Bieber’s ace writer Poo Bear on “Would You Ever” and contributed recently to Ty Dolla $ign’s “So Am I.” In addition, he is credited as a producer on Fifth Harmony’s self-titled LP and Incubus’ 8

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-skrillexs-volatile-remix-of-kendrick-lamars-humble-w504981

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Review: The Killers Are Cockier Than Ever on First Studio LP in Five Years

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

The title of the Killers’ first LP in five years is sly, with its echo of the “wunnerful, wunnerful” signature of iconic “champagne music” accordionist Lawrence Welk, another shameless crowd-pleaser critics loved to shade. But what do we know? The Killers have made a huge career as bombastic rock magpies working the border between flamboyant earnestness and full-on camp, strategically declining full residency in either locale. What’s great about Wonderful Wonderful, though, is that they seem in on the joke, doubling down on their hugeness fetish while wink-winking their way to the bank.

always, they bite from the best. The goofily self-aggrandizing “The Man”
rides Kool and the Gang’s “Spirit of the Boogie” groove while
frontman Brandon Flowers declares himself a “household name.” “Out
of My Mind” is an Eighties meta-hit that never was, with Flowers pleading,
“Take the needle off the record, I can’t stand another chorus!” while
name-dropping Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney (“a heavy name to drop,”
he stage-whispers). The anti-Trump gestures in “Run for Cover” are
welcome, but the less-arch bits grate, perhaps knowingly. The U2-Springsteen-New
Order triangulation “Life to Come” is exasperatingly solemn until
Flowers urges, “Drop-kick the shame!” Hell, he sure has, and it’s
served him well. 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-killers-wonderful-wonderful-w504863

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Review: Macklemore Eschews Deep Thoughts for a Good Time on ‘Gemini’

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Macklemore’s first post-fame LP minus longtime partner Ryan Lewis finds the Seattle MC unburdened by stardom or the social concern that turns his woke anthems into online firestorms – “I’m a motherfuckin’ icon/Boots made of python,” he raps on “Willy Wonka,” a creeping track with Offset of Migos. Partying tunes like the funky “Firebreather” sometimes feel like not much more than a rich white guy bragging. But Macklemore’s trademark awkward humanity comes through on “Good Old Days,” a reflection on aging (with Kesha), and “Church,” a thank-you letter to making it that’s warm, vivid, earnest and earned. 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-macklemores-gemini-w504870

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See Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt Cover Stevie Ray Vaughan at Texas Strong Benefit

September 24th, 2017 · Guitar

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and more took the stage Friday night at Austin’s Erwin Center for the Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas benefit concert, hosted by Matthew McConaughey.

Highlights from the fundraiser were streamed live Friday night via KHOU’s YouTube, including Nelson and Raitt duetting on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood.” 

The 1983 blues song’s lyrics eerily forecasted Hurricane Harvey’s devastating aftermath on the Houston are. “There’s floodin’ down in Texas / All of the telephone lines are down,” Nelson and Raitt sang. “Flood water keep a-rollin’ / Man it’s about to drive poor me insane.”

The Texas Strong concert promised “exclusive performances and rare collaborations,” and the event delivered all night: Nelson also teamed with soul singer Leon Bridges to perform the country legend’s oft-covered classic “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

Paul Simon, who with his wife Edie Brickell previously donated $1 million to help recovery efforts of small towns in the Houston area, performed a pair of songs during the live-stream: Simon Garfunkel’s “America” and, with Brickell, a cover of Ernest Tubb’s country anthem “Waltz Across Texas.”

The hourlong stream also featured James Taylor performing his “Country Road,”with Raitt also joining the singer for “You Can Close Your Eyes,” as well as performances by Lyle Lovett and sister duo Ha*Ash.

The concert concluded with Nelson leading an all-star rendition of “On the Road Again.” All proceeds from the Texas Strong concert benefitted Rebuild Texas.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-willie-nelson-paul-simon-perform-at-texas-strong-event-w505122

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Justin Bieber: ‘I Am Willing to Stand Up’ for Black Lives Matter

September 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Justin Bieber, who has largely abstained from political discourse on social media, posted a black-and-yellow text graphic reading “Black Lives Matter” to his Instagram with a lengthy caption about the movement. The post comes one week after the pop star appeared on the Hand in Hand telethon supporting hurricane relief. 

“I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American,” Bieber wrote. “But what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it’s a real thing and it’s more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime,” he wrote. “We are all God’s children and we are ALL EQUAL.”

I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an african American but what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it’s a real thing and it’s more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime.. we are all Gods children and we are ALL EQUAL

A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:13am PDT

In late July, the “Sorry” singer canceled the remaining 15 shows on his Purpose World Tour. “I’m sorry for anyone who feels, like, disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart,” Bieber told TMZ at the time. People reported that the singer was “super exhausted” after 18 months on the road.

Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, appeared on CBS This Morning Thursday and reassured fans that the singer would eventually open up about why he pulled latter part of his tour and also supports the artist’s decision.

“Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready of what exactly happened,” Braun said. “But I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself. But he’s 23 years old, now. And if he makes a decision as a man, as long as he’s willing to listen to opinions and hear people out – if he has true conviction – I’m willing to have his back.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/justin-bieber-willing-to-stand-up-for-black-lives-matter-w505021

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Ed Sheeran Plots 2018 Stadium Tour

September 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Ed Sheeran will return to North America for a stadium tour in 2018. The trek begins August 18th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and wraps November 10th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Sheeran announced the 15-show tour on his Instagram, noting the concerts were just the “first batch.” The run includes stops in Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Dallas and New Orleans and, notably, a return to St. Louis for a concert at Busch Stadium September 6th. Sheeran recently canceled his sold-out show at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center due to safety concerns stemming from protests over the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Tickets for Sheeran’s stadium trek go on sale October 20th. Pre-sale begins October 16th and fans can register for early tickets via Sheeran’s website.

Sheeran still has a handful of dates left on his massive 2017 North American tour, which wraps with a two-night stand in Nashville, October 6th and 7th. In March, the singer-songwriter released his third studio album, Divide. The record has spawned two Top 10 hits, “Castle On the Hill” and “Shape of You,” which went to Number One.

Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Dates
August 18 – Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl Stadium
August 25 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
August 30 – Toronto, ON @ rogers Centre
September 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
September 15 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
September 22 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
September 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
October 17 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodo
October 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
October 27 – Dallas, TX @ ATT Stadium
October 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
November 3 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
November 7 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
November 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ed-sheeran-plots-2018-stadium-tour-w505116

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See Billie Joe Armstrong’s Intimate ‘Ordinary World’ on ‘Fallon’

September 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

Ahead of Green Day‘s set at the Global Citizen Festival Saturday in New York, Billie Joe Armstrong visited the Tonight Show Friday to perform a solo rendition of “Ordinary World.”

As he’s done in previous late-night stagings of the track, Armstrong was accompanied only by his acoustic guitar for the intimate performance of the ballad.

“Ordinary World,” as a solo Armstrong song, initially was written for and appeared in the 2016 film Ordinary World, which starred Armstrong in the lead role of an aging musician. Green Day later repurposed the acoustic number as the closing track on the band’s Revolution Radio.

“After all of the chaos that’s on the album, whether it’s pop culture or whatever new apps we’re using, everything gets so complicated. At some point you want something simple. That’s sort of what ‘Ordinary World’ is about,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone of the decision to revive the track for the band’s latest LP.

On Saturday, Green Day will join the Killers, Stevie Wonder, the Chainsmokers, the Lumineers, Pharrell Williams and more at the annual New York leg of the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/billie-joe-armstrong-performs-ordinary-world-on-fallon-w505117

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Fans Criticize Foo Fighters’ Ticket Policy in London

September 23rd, 2017 · Guitar

A week before the Foo Fighters‘ show at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday, Kate Coulson – a risk manager for a nearby bank – bought two tickets for the show on StubHub for $965. The price was steep, but she wanted to give her husband, Paul, an early birthday present. But the couple were surprised when, after they arrived and made it through security, they were asked to present their IDs. When neither ID matched the name on the Foos tickets, they were sent to the box office, where they were told they wouldn’t be getting in. “It was just awful,” says Coulson. “And there were hundreds of people in the same boat, and people were genuinely really upset. I really love them. It was horrible.”

They weren’t alone. The Coulsons were two of about 200 Foo Fighters fans who, after buying from resale websites like StubHub and Viagogo, were turned away from the venue for not having IDs that did not match the names displayed on tickets, a new requirement that was an attempt to stave off ticket resellers. The venue argues that the stipulation”was clearly stated at the time of announcement and was explicitly noticed at the point of purchase.” But many fans didn’t get the message. “Not the ideal time to start enforcing that rule,” a fan tweeted. “[It's] only the fans that miss out.”

In a statement, the Foos were unrepentant about the policy, saying only that they were “frustrated and saddened” that some fans who’d bought “bogus tickets from these unscrupulous outlets” couldn’t get in. 

But some fans argue that the outlets they bought tickets from were not necessarily “unscrupulous.” StubHub is a legitimate, official O2 partner that stations ticket machines throughout the arena, and many fans who bought via the site say they were not made aware of the rule. “We don’t think this is fair at all. Lots of innocent people, if you will, were denied entry,” says Aimee Campbell, a spokesperson for StubHub, which quickly issued refunds for all purchasers who didn’t get into the show. “It was happening not just from people who purchased on resale sites, but also people whose brother bought tickets, and somebody went at the last minute.” 

A concert-business source with knowledge of the show says 200 tickets out of a total of 20,000 in attendance is a small price to pay for highlighting a venue’s no-scalping policy. “The promoter really wanted to cut down on the touts,” says the source, using the British term for scalpers. “Unfortunately, people didn’t pay attention to what was going on, and certainly none of the brokers were very interested in dissuading their own sales, so they probably just ignored it and figured everybody would not ask for a refund.”

As the $8 billion resale market continues to grow, certain artists have become more aggressive in fighting against scalping. Earlier this year, Eric Church canceled 25,000 ticket sales because his managers determined them to be purchased by brokers. Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift are using Ticketmaster’s new Verified Fan system to weed out resellers for their upcoming tours.

The band and venue’s explanation did not sit well with Jinky Espanol, a University of East London psychology student, bought her ticket in advance for more than $300 and took a three-hour train from her home in Norfolk, England. O2 security denied her entry because she’d purchased her ticket from Viagogo, and her name was not on the ticket. For a few anxious minutes, she was in line at the box office, on the phone with Viagogo and searching for new tickets on Facebook.

Espanol got lucky—another fan sold her a ticket for $90. Her original seat was in the front row, and this one was “near the roof,” but she was able to get in. “It wasn’t fair,” she says. “I was there early and they turned me away—and later in the evening, they let me in, even though the name on the ticket was not the same. Which is ridiculous.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/why-200-foo-fighters-fans-were-turned-away-from-london-show-w504977

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