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The Smiths’ Mike Joyce to Perform Orchestral Concerts of Classic Songs

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce – as well as rhythm guitarist and temporary “Fifth Smith” Craig Gannon – will reunite this summer to perform the band’s music live alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

Dubbed “Classically Smiths,” Rourke, Joyce and Gannon will stage concerts in Manchester, London and Edinburgh in June before launching a full-scale U.K. tour later in the year, the Manchester Evening News reports. Still-unannounced guest vocalists will fill in for Morrissey at the concerts.

The shows promise to be an “epic production” with the Smiths’ music delivered “as you never heard it before” thanks to the involvement of the Manchester Camerate Orchestra, who were previously involved in a similar pop music collaboration dedicated to the rave music of the Hacienda era.

“I’m massively excited to be playing with Andy and Craig again, but introducing a full orchestra into the mix takes this to another level,” Joyce said of the Classically Smiths shows in a statement.

“There’ll be Smiths classics in the set, but I can’t wait to play the songs that have never been heard live before. With the addition of an orchestra, it will sound as totally unique as it will immense. I’m really looking forward to fans being able to hear the songs in a way they’ve never been heard before, either on record or live. On the stage, or out front, this is going to be quite an experience for us all.”

Rourke and Joyce were members of the Smiths from 1982 until their breakup in 1987. The bassist and drummer continued to perform together – including backing artists like Morrissey and Sinead O’Connor – but these shows represent the first time in over 30 years they have played the Smiths’ music live.

Gannon spent less than year as a member of the Smiths in 1986, taking over as bassist when Rourke was briefly fired and then sliding over to rhythm guitar for Smiths songs like “Ask” and “Panic.” Gannon also recorded with Morrissey on the singer’s “Last of the Famous International Playboys” and “Interesting Drug” singles.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/smiths-andy-rourke-mike-joyce-reunite-for-orchestral-shows-w515695

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Hear Migos’ Synth-Fueled New Song ‘Supastars’

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Migos blend the atmospheric with the aggressive on “Supastars,” a new song from their upcoming third LP, Culture II. Throughout the track, the Georgia trio swap signature boasts over spacey, melodic synths and a grinding trap beat laced with digital sound effects.

Culture II, out January 26th, also includes the Pharrell-produced “Stir Fry” and “Motor Sport,” a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

The new album follows their breakout release, Culture, by almost exactly one year. That Number One LP, which Rolling Stone named the year’s second-best rap record, is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The group’s chart-topping single “Bad and Boujee” is also up for Best Rap Performance.

In December, Migos member Quavo teamed with Travis Scott for the collaborative album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. He also paired with Minaj on “She For Keeps,” a track from the Quality Control compilation Control the Streets, Vol. 1

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-migos-synth-fueled-new-song-supastars-w515700

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Pearl Jam Announce Seattle Stadium ‘Home Shows’ to Fight Homelessness

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Pearl Jam will play a pair of Seattle concerts this summer to help aid the city’s homelessness initiatives. Dubbed “The Home Shows,” the two stadium gigs mark the Rock Hall-inducted band’s first hometown gigs in five years.

“The Home Shows” will invade Seattle’s Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, on August 8th and 10th. Pearl Jam has pledged at least $1 million from the concerts to addressing the area’s homelessness issues, with the band hoping to raise $10 million in 2018 in collaboration with area businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to alleviate the problem.

“Seattle is our hometown,” Stone Gossard said in a statement. “When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution. It’s heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It’s going to take all of us.”

To celebrate the announcement of the hometown gigs, guitarist Mike McCready raised the Pearl Jam flag atop the city’s iconic Space Needle on Monday.

Pearl Jam notes that the two-night stand at Safeco Field, which will hold 100,000 fans over the two concerts, is the largest headlining concert in Seattle since the Rolling Stones’ two-night residency at the city’s since-demolished Kingdome in 1981. Check out Pearl Jam’s Home Shows site for ticket information, accommodations and more.

“The Home Shows” will allegedly give way to a summer of stadium shows for Pearl Jam, who last played the U.S. in 2016: While the band hasn’t announced additional dates, the band’s website accidentally hinted at upcoming shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Missoula, Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the latter reportedly a fundraising gig for Democratic senator Jon Tester.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pearl-jam-announce-seattle-stadium-home-shows-w515681

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Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins Unveil New Band, Song With Brandy

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Common teamed with pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins to form a new band, August Greene. The outfit unveiled their first song, a cover of Sounds of Blackness’ “Optimistic,” featuring vocals from Brandy.

August Greene’s take on “Optimistic” finds the group recreating the original’s upbeat shuffle with Riggins’ impeccable drumming and Glasper’s ethereal piano. Brandy delivers a deft vocal performance accentuated with layering and harmonies to match Sounds of Blackness’ massive choral sound. Common adds a new verse, sprinting over the nimble beat with bars packed with internal rhyme.

August Greene’s cover of “Optimistic” will appear on their self-titled debut album, set to arrive March 9th as an Amazon Original.

Before forming August Greene, Common, Glasper and Riggins collaborated on “Letter to the Free.” The track appeared on Common’s 2016 album, Black America Again, and also earned the rapper an Emmy for its appearance in Ava DuVernay’s documentary about mass incarceration, 13th.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/common-unveils-new-band-song-with-brandy-w515593

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Hear Kylie Minogue’s Euphoric New Song ‘Dancing’ Off New LP ‘Golden’

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Kylie Minogue released her new song “Dancing,” the euphoric first single her upcoming album Golden.

“Lyrically, ‘Dancing’ is really interesting. I guess, on the surface, it is about dancing and going out and having a good fun,” the Australian pop star said of the single in a promo on Twitter. “And it’s also about going out, at the end, and having had a good time. So living life to the fullest, trying to shine whenever you can. I know life is difficult, life presents all sorts of hurtles for us, but try to dance through that when we can.”

Minogue recorded the majority of Golden – her first album since the 2015 seasonal LP Kylie Christmas and first set of originals since 2014′s Kiss Me Once – in Nashville, which lends the tracks a “country feel.” “A lot of it was done in Nashville, and that taught me about putting more story into the song,” Minogue told BBC 2. “And then you can take that song and produce that any way you want.”

The Nashville influence is evident on “Dancing,” which opens with acoustic guitar fingerpicking and Minogue brandishing some twang in her inflection before giving way to a rousing beat that would be equally accepted at both honky-tonks and dance clubs.

Golden arrives April 6th. The album is available to preorder now in a variety of formats and special editions, including gold Golden cassettes, picture disc vinyl and a “Super Deluxe Edition” packed with bonus tracks. Each preorder is accompanied by an instant download of “Dancing.”

‘I promised my fans that I would be putting my heart and soul into this record, and I stayed true to my word,” Minogue previously said of Golden. “I was able to do that, which was challenging and fun and rewarding and it’s ended up with a different direction for sure. But essentially I’d still say it’s very much a Kylie record.”

Golden Track List

1. “Dancing”
2. “Stop Me From Falling”
3. “Golden”
4. “A Lifetime to Repair”
5. “Sincerely Yours”
6. “One Last Kiss”
7. “Live a Little”
8. “Shelby ’68″
9. “Radio On”
10. “Love”
11. “Raining Glitter”
12. “Music’s Too Sad Without You” (with Jack Savoretti)

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-kylie-minogues-euphoric-new-song-dancing-w515625

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Thousands Gather for Dolores O’Riordan Memorial in Ireland

January 22nd, 2018 · Guitar

Thousands of Cranberries fans lined up outside of a Limerick, Ireland church – where Dolores O’Riordan was lying in repose ahead of her funeral Tuesday – to pay tribute to the singer who died Monday at the age of 46.

According to the Irish Times, fans congregated outside of St Joseph’s Church Sunday, the first public viewing since O’Riordan’s death on January 15th; earlier in the week, a London coroner announced they had released the singer’s body back to her family after conducting an autopsy, the results of which will be revealed no earlier than April.

Inside the church, Cranberries songs played quietly as fans entered during the four-hour viewing. A floral tribute – from the singer’s Cranberries band mates – next to O’Riordan’s coffin was inscribed with an homage to one of the band’s biggest hits, “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.”

The coffin was also lined with photographs of the “deeply religious” singer performing onstage as well as two pictures of O’Riordan meeting the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

“We come to offer a heartfelt greeting to a deeply loved and cherished daughter of Limerick. As we file past her coffin, let’s pray for her, her family and those she loved and helped in life,” Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy told mourners Sunday. “I am conscious that, while millions across the world have been shocked by the sad news of her death, today is about Limerick’s public moment to bid farewell.”

The public viewing in Limerick, O’Riordan’s home city, concludes Sunday afternoon, at which point the coffin will be relocated to a funeral home in nearby Ballyneety for another public viewing before she is laid to rest Tuesday at St Ailbes’ Church in Ballybricken, BBC reports.

While the funeral service itself is open to the public – and will be broadcast on Irish radio – only family will attend the private burial. The Irish Times added that O’Riordan would likely be buried next to her late father Terry, who died in 2011. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/thousands-gather-for-dolores-oriordan-memorial-in-ireland-w515680

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See Fall Out Boy Play Guitar-Heavy ‘Hold Me Tight or Don’t’ on ‘Colbert’

January 21st, 2018 · Guitar

Fall Out Boy played a hard-hitting, guitar-heavy version of “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” on Thursday’s The Late Show. The quartet did without their usual stage pyrotechnics for the electro-rock track, which highlights their newly issued seventh LP, Mania.

Singer Patrick Stump nailed every melismatic fill in his bombastic lead vocal. Drummer Andy Hurley anchored the song with his Latin-tinged groove – veering from digital snare hits to shakers to prominent accents on the ride cymbal.

Mania was originally due out in September, but Fall Out Boy pushed back the release date until January 19th to continue working on the LP, which also features EDM-flavored first single “Young and Menace.”

“It feels like every once in awhile, you’ve gotta do a hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive,” bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz told Rolling Stone. “I think that’s what “Young and Menace” was – a big palette cleanse. I think it gave us the space to create something brand new.”

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-fall-out-boy-play-hold-me-tight-or-dont-on-colbert-w515626

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Watch Franz Ferdinand Play Theatrical New Song ‘Always Ascending’ on ‘Fallon’

January 21st, 2018 · Guitar

Franz Ferdinand offered a theatrical flair to their manic dance-rock single “Always Ascending” on Thursday’s Tonight Show.

The band opened on a dimly lit stage, with singer Alex Kapranos crooning over billowing vocal harmonies. Strobe lights flickered as the song erupted with tense guitar riffs and four-on-the-floor drums. In the trimmed-back outro, Kapranos struck a series of dramatic poses. 

In December, the Scottish quintet issued a dreamlike video for the synth-fueled song “Always Ascending,” the first single from their upcoming fifth LP, out February 9th. The band is currently promoting the album – which follows 2013′s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and their collaborative 2015 LP with Sparks, FFS – with a massive world tour. Their next date is January 25th in Tokyo, and the trek concludes July 15th in Aix-Les-Bains, France.  

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-franz-ferdinand-play-theatrical-always-ascending-on-fallon-w515628

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Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan: No Cause of Death Until at Least April

January 21st, 2018 · Guitar

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s cause of death will not be revealed until at least April, a London coroner’s office announced Friday.

The coroner’s officer Stephen Earl provided more details about the circumstances of O’Riordan’s death on January 15th at the age of 46.

“The London ambulance service was contacted and verified her death at the scene,” Earl told The Guardian; O’Riordan was found unresponsive in her London hotel room Monday. “Subsequently, the Met police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious.” Earl added that a postmortem exam had been carried out and that the coroners’ office was waiting on the results.

A rep for the Westminster Coroners’ Court told Rolling Stone that an April 3rd hearing has been scheduled to determine when to release their findings regarding O’Riordan’s death.

However, O’Riordan’s family may be notified of the results prior to the hearing, and it would be up to them to decide whether to share that information publicly before the office releases their findings.

The BBC reported that O’Riordan would eventually be buried in her native Ireland. “The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released,” a parish priest in Limerick told BBC.

The Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his late bandmate. “Dolores’ legacy will be her music,” Hogan said. “She was so passionate about it. There are songs I hear today that we wrote over 20 years ago, and I see and hear people singing along with them. There are only a few artists who get to have maybe one song they are remembered by. Dolores has so many. It’s a great legacy.”

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cranberries-dolores-oriordan-no-cause-of-death-until-at-least-april-w515631

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Hear New Dashboard Confessional’s Potent New Song ‘Heart Beat Here’

January 21st, 2018 · Guitar

Dashboard Confessional unveiled a stirring new song, “Heart Beat Here,” set to appear on their upcoming LP, Crooked Shadows, out February 9th via Fueled by Ramen.

“Heart Beat Here” is a quintessential Dashboard ballad, with Chris Carrabba delivering a powerful vocal performance over steady acoustic strumming. A small string section sweeps sweetly into the song as Carrabba hits the chorus, belting, “I feel it in my ribs/ I feel it in my soul/ The pulse just grows/ So loud and so clear/ Let your heart beat here.”

“Heart Beat Here” follows previously released Crooked Shadows cut, “We Fight,” a politically charged song about finding strength within a community. Crooked Shadows is available to pre-order and marks Dashboard Confessional’s first album since 2009′s After the Ending Set.

Dashboard Confessional have a handful of concerts scheduled for January and they’re set to embark on a lengthy headlining tour this spring. The trek kicks off March 20th in Houston and wraps May 11th in Nashville. Beach Slang will serve as support throughout the tour. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-new-dashboard-confessionals-potent-heart-beat-here-w515602

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