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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in D.C. Fight

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Kory Grow |
September 2, 2014

Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel room last October. Although he was originally charged with a felony, the charge was lessened to a misdemeanor. A judge sentenced him to time served; Brown spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in association with this case, according to The Associated Press.

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On October 27th, 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams claimed that Brown and his bodyguard had punched him after he asked for a photo with the pop star, who was talking with two women at the time. The singer initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. A judge convicted Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, of assault in April, with Hollosy still awaiting sentencing. The singer’s trial was set to take place that month, but was delayed.

“I would like to say to the court that I’m sorry,” Brown told the judge. When he left, AP reports that he was greeted by photographers and “a handful” of fans. He made no comments when he left the court.

Brown was still serving probation for his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna at the time of his arrest. As a result, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to 131 more days in jail; he was released in June.

The singer’s lawyer claimed that Brown had already been punished for the assault between the time the pop star spent in jail and the four-month stint of rehab he underwent after his probation was revoked. Brown was kicked out of rehab for violating its rules. Since the singer had put his career on hold for almost a year, Brown’s lawyer said the singer was ready to accept responsibility and move on with his life.

Adams has since filed a $3 million civil suit against Brown and Hollosy, seeking $1.5 million from each the singer and bodyguard. Court documents say the man suffered a fractured nose, and Hollosy’s laywer has alleged that Adams was just looking to “get rich.”

In August, Brown released the song “New Flame,” which featured guest appearances by Usher and Rick Ross and is set to appear on his long-delayed X album. That same month, Brown hosted a pre-VMA party that turned violent – though not because of Brown – when Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was shot six times. “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes,” Brown tweeted the day after the shooting. “Miss me with the bullshit!!!”

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Death From Above 1979 Stream New Album ‘The Physical World’

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Jon Blistein |
September 2, 2014

Death from Above 1979 are now streaming The Physical World, their first album in 10 years, over on iTunes a week before its September 9th release.

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To further celebrate the album’s release, as Pitchfork notes, Toronto residents will get the chance to visit “The Physical World: Pop Up Shop Tattoo Parlour,” where patrons will be able to purchase “special limited edition items unavailable anywhere else,” and even get some fresh ink done if they show up early enough. The shop opens at 10 a.m. on September 3rd and 4th at 952 Queen Street West.

Death from Above 1979 are also set to perform “Trainwreck 1979″ on The Late Show with David Letterman on September 10th, a few days after a special gig at the Rough Trade store in Brooklyn on September 8th.

Produced by Dave Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis), The Physical World is DFA1979′s second album and first since 2004′s breakout blast of bass-driven garage rock, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. The duo of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler split in 2006, but reunited in 2011 and have played a number of live shows since, workshopping new material on stage. Grainger told NME in a recent interview that the band was itching to release The Physical World partly because fans and journalists have been pestering them about album two since You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine.

“No matter what Jesse and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death from Above,” Grainger said. “It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy. So we’re putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, ‘It’s not what we expected,’ or however they react to it, it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve been fucking asking for it.’”

Death From Above 1979 have also scheduled an extensive fall tour in support of The Physical World, starting with a hometown gig at Toronto’s Riot Fest on September 6th. A full list of the band’s tour dates is available on their website, where The Physical World is also still available for pre-order.

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Hear the Late Jesse Winchester’s Chilling Dissertation on Dying — Song Premiere

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Jonathan Bernstein |
September 2, 2014

Just a few days before he passed away this past April, at the age of 69, songwriter Jesse Winchester got to hear his final album. “[Jesse] wrote me an email that I will treasure for the rest of my life saying how happy he was with the record, and that he wouldn’t change a note,” says Mac McAnally, who produced Winchester’s album, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble. The LP will be posthumously released on September 16th.  

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Winchester, whose songs have been recorded by artists like Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Reba McEntire and Emmylou Harris, had only recently overcome a 2011 diagnosis of esophageal cancer when he began work on a new record in May of 2013. “When we began recording, Jesse had a clean bill of health, and there was a joy, a feeling that he had gotten past the worst of it. He said he didn’t want to make a ‘Hey, I think I’m dying’ record,” says McAnally. The producer, songwriter and acclaimed session musician was approached by Winchester to work on the album after producing Quiet About It, a 2012 tribute record to Winchester that featured Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.

Despite his strong desire to avoid making a gloomy record of “songs about dying,” several of the songs Winchester brought to McAnally were reflective, mournful meditations that he had written in the midst of his previous bout with cancer. To help lighten the mood, the singer-songwriter decided to record several of his favorite doo-wop songs from his youth, like 1955′s “Devil or Angel” by the Clovers and 1962′s “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades. “Jesse said, ‘I don’t want to wait until I have time to write songs about how happy I am right now,’” says McAnally. “He said, ‘I just want to sing something happy, because I’m happy.’”

The resulting record, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble, is a gentle collection of playful songs about love, memory and gratitude that amounts to one of the most moving, triumphant albums of Winchester’s 45 year career. After recording the basic tracks for the album, Winchester’s health took a tragic turn when cancer reappeared in his bladder in early 2014. “Instead of trying to finish the record so that Jesse could tour, eventually, and imminently, the goal became trying to finish the record so that he could hear it,” says McAnally.

One of the most chilling tracks on Winchester’s last studio album is “Every Day I Get the Blues,” a ruminative, sparse recording that finds Winchester gently crooning over the song’s aching melody. “The first time I heard that song, it hit me like a baseball bat,” says McAnally of the tune, which Rolling Stone Country is premiering below. “His voice, which he was worried about sounding weak during the recording sessions, becomes so haunting in that song.”

McAnally remembers another particularly heavy moment during the recording sessions, when the Louisiana-born singer was playing the album-closing devotional “Just So Much,” a song that includes the line “I’m dying to find Him, but dying’s my fear.” “We’re all Southern boys who aren’t inclined to tear up,” he says. “But when Jesse would sing that song we’d try not to boo-hoo, because he’s so good at writing about what’s really going on his life.”

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Watch Kanye West’s Entire Made in America Festival Performance

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
August 31, 2014

Kanye West is accomplishing an impressive feat this Labor Day weekend, headlining two Made in America festivals on different coasts. On August 30, he performed at the Philadelphia fest before heading to Los Angeles for the August 31 event. The Made in America concerts are among the last U.S. dates on the Yeezus tour, but if you missed Kanye’s divisive headlining concerts this summer, you can now watch the full performance from Made in America festival in Philadelphia (via Mr. World Premiere).

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Depending on which festivalgoer you asked this summer at Bonnaroo, where the rapper also headlined, West was either a highlight of the fest or maddeningly disappointing. Because West opts not to use the large LCD screens to broadcast his set to the large crowds, preferring instead to rap in silhouette in front of a giant screen, the quality of his performance depends on the location of an audience member, so West often leaves his concertgoer either riveted or infuriated. Perhaps that’s why this video from the Made in America festival is the best way to watch Kanye live: We see in keen detail the magnitude of his bare bones concerts and the energy the rapper brings to each performance.

Among the many highlights in his career-spanning 90-minute Made in America set are the intense “Black Skinhead,” a double dose of “Blood on the Leaves,” and a extra-long rendition of “Runaway,” which Kanye uses as a vessel to pontificate about life, his marriage to Kim Kardashian, and his place in music history. “What’s the main reason why they say that Kanye’s not a good guy,” West sings during “Runaway,” “Because the only thing I do is tell the truth, and if I tell the truth, I’m not a good guy, so what they tell you the rest of the time is all lies.”

Kanye will continue to head west following the Los Angeles Made in America gig for the Yeezus tour’s Australian leg, which was initially postponed so West could work on the follow-up to Yeezus. After that, the rapper has one last concert scheduled October 24 at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival.

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Jessie Ware Shares Dev Hynes Collaboration ‘Want Your Feeling’

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 1, 2014

Jessie Ware will release her much-anticipated second album next month, and today she unveiled another track from the record called “Want Your Feeling,” the British singer’s collaboration with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Tough Love, the follow-up to Ware’s 2012 breakthrough Devotion, will be released stateside on October 21. Hynes, who as Pitchfork reports was the one who announced the track’s arrival, also noted on Twitter that if you preorder Tough Love on iTunes now, you’ll receive “Want Your Feeling” as a free download immediately.

This sultry, quiet storm track was produced by James Ford, the Simian Mobile Disco member who has also worked on Haim’s Days Are Gone and nearly every Arctic Monkeys album. Over on Ware’s SoundCloud page, the singer has also posted three more Tough Love cuts, the title track, “Share It All,” and “Say You Love Me,” which she wrote with fellow British crooner Ed Sheeran. Earlier this year, Ware appeared on Chance the Rapper’s odd cover of the Arthur theme song, his tribute to the PBS kids show.

When Rolling Stone spoke to Ware in January 2013, following the release of Devotion, she admitted she hadn’t yet started on the follow-up album because she didn’t have anything to write about. “I need to do a bit more living, have a few more experiences. But you know what I’m really struggling with? I have a really lovely relationship with my boyfriend, and so I wouldn’t want to write a new album full of how great he is,” Ware told Rolling Stone. “That’d be boring.” Ware and her boyfriend are now engaged, but the singer still managed to squeeze out enough material for a new record.

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Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer, Dead at 63

September 2nd, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 1, 2014

Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of Eighties rock bands Cobra and Survivor, passed away August 31 after suffering a heart attack, TMZ reports. He was 63. Jamison’s booking manager confirmed to TMZ that the former Survivor singer had died. Jamison served as Survivor’s lead singer from 1984 until 1988, proving the vocals for the band’s hits like “The Moment of Truth” from The Karate Kid, “Is This Love,” and “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV. As a solo artist, he recorded the track “I’m Always Here,” which became the memorable theme song for the TV series Baywatch.

Jamison joined Survivor after their then-lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to leave the group after developing polyps on his vocal chords shortly after Survivor recorded their biggest hit, the Grammy-winning Rocky III cut “Eye of the Tiger.” In 1984, following the dissolution of Cobra, Jamison stepped in as Survivor lead singer, recording three albums with the band, 1984′s Vital Signs, 1986′s When Seconds Count and 1988′s Too Hot to Sleep. Survivor disbanded in 1989, but reformed in 1993 with Bickler back at the microphone. Jamison would eventually rejoin Survivor in 2000 for another six years.

In the Nineties, the band was mired in legal issues as Jamison toured under the Survivor moniker even though his former bandmates, who had reunited with Bickler, also performed as Survivor. This lead to lawsuits between the two groups, which weren’t resolved until guitarist Frankie Sullivan assumed ownership of the Survivor name. The band eventually made amends and, in recent years, Survivor toured with both Jamison and Bickler.

At press time, neither Survivor’s Twitter nor Facebook accounts had commented on Jamison’s death. The band had performed in Morgan Hill, California on August 30. They were scheduled to begin another tour on September 12 in Parker, Colorado.

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Stream Ryan Adams’ Moody, Smiths-Inspired Self-Titled Album

September 1st, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 1, 2014

Ryan Adams has revealed his latest studio LP Ryan Adams a week early. Adams had previously unveiled the moody album tracks “My Wrecking Ball” and the Elvira-starring video for the single and album opener “Gimme Something Good,” but now you can stream Ryan Adams in its entirety over at NPR.org. Adams told Rolling Stone that his 11-song self-titled affair, due out September 9, was inspired by the Smiths and the Velvet Underground as well as his struggles with the inner ear disorder Ménière’s disease.

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Prior to recording Ryan Adams, the singer/songwriter laid down an entire stripped-down album in the studio with producer Glyn Johns. However, that LP was eventually scrapped, but not before Adams spent $100,000 recording it. Adams told Rolling Stone that he instead recruited bassist friend Tal Wilkenfeld and a drummer that was working at a local record store and bunkered down at Adams’ newly built Pax Am studio in Los Angeles. “I was like, ‘I’ll go in with a couple bros at seven o’clock and just jam. We would, like, smoke a bowl and drink some tea – and the words came free-flowing out of me’,” Adams said. “It gives me chills just talking about it.”

In addition to his self-titled album, last month the ever-prolific Adams also dropped a limited edition 7″ he dubbed the 1984 EP through his Pax Am label; listen to it here. Over the course of 10 songs and just 15 minutes, Adams’ EP is his homage to the influential punk and hardcore groups of that titular year. Even with his self-titled out on September 9th, Adams is already planning beyond that: His Pax Am record club will receive the “Jacksonville” 7″ that features three unreleased cuts about a week later.

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Radiohead Update ‘PolyFauna’ App With New Music, Landscapes

September 1st, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 1, 2014

As Radiohead prepare to enter the studio in September to begin work on the follow-up to 2011′s The King of Limbs, the band released a surprise update to their “exploratory audio-visual” PolyFauna app on September 1. Whereas the first version of the app, released in February 2014, used samples and imagery from The King of Limbs, this update features all-new atmospheric soundscapes and trippy terrains. The music itself, which often features Thom Yorke harmonizing with the beats, is unfamiliar to Radiohead fans, and could hint at what the group has planned as they start work on their ninth studio album.

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Recently, Yorke tweeted out dozens of photos of the PolyFauna update along with sketches of the some of the worlds he, producer Nigel Godrich, Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood, and digital arts studio Universal Imagery had envisioned. The immersive app, inspired by Björk’s Biophilia project, drops the user into alien worlds that are fully navigable. After exploring each landscape, the user must chase after a warp that will teleport them to yet another strange, colorful terrain. The latest version of PolyFauna is much more fluid than its predecessor, but it still drains the phone battery at an incredible rate.

As for Radiohead, guitarist Jonny Greenwood revealed back in March, “We’re meeting up at the end of the summer, and we’ll make a plan. But, you know, we’re a slow-moving animal, always have been. I guess we’ll decide then what we do next.” In July, Greenwood added that he and Yorke had already begun emailing song ideas to one another in anticipation of the September sessions.

Nearly every member of Radiohead took advantage of the group’s hiatus following the release of The King of Limbs: Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms for Peace released their album Amok, drummer Philip Selway recorded his second solo LP Weatherhouse that arrives in October, and guitarist Jonny Greenwood contributed the score to director Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. This past week, Yorke made a surprise DJ appearance at Los Angeles’ Roosevelt Hotel, the first time the frontman had spun at the venue since 2009, around the time Radiohead was recording The King of Limbs at the Los Angeles home of actress Drew Barrymore.

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Prince Drops New Futuristic Slow Jam ‘U Know’

September 1st, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 1, 2014

After taking a rare four-year hiatus from releasing studio albums, Prince will drop a pair of new LPs on September 30th: One a collaborative disc with his group 3rdEyeGirl called Plectrumelectrum and the other a solo album dubbed Art Official Age. Both mark Prince’s first releases since 2010′s 20Ten was given away with select European publications. Prince has already unveiled a couple tracks from both albums, like Art Official Age‘s “Breakdown” and Plectrumelectrum‘s kinky “Breakfast Can Wait,” and today the rocker debuted another new track, “U Know,” on his SoundCloud page.

This futuristic slow jam is taken from Art Official Age and, as promised, it recaptures the sound of “classic Prince,” since it could be the singer’s catchiest cut since 3121‘s “Black Sweat.” “Feminine rising, not surprising, recognizing that the power of the breast is just a test that you be winning,” Prince sing-speaks on “U Know,” which sounds like Parliament tackling the mellower moments of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience thanks to its bouncy piano and funky beat. “You know how much I want you, you know much I care, you gonna know I’m gonna flaunt you,” Prince sings in falsetto on the track’s chorus.

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Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum mark that first time Prince has teamed with Warner Bros. since his infamous split with the label back in the early-Nineties, when the artist was forced to refer to himself both as “The Artist” and that “love symbol.” As Rolling Stone previously reported, Art Official Age also features an “aggressive and menacing” rap song with Rita Ora, a “wild and rude” track called “The Gold Standard,” and a ballad titled “This Could Be Us” that was inspired by Prince’s Purple Rain co-star Apollonia Kotero. By preordering the albums at Prince’s official site, you’ll receive some “instant gratification” downloads.

As for that 30th anniversary reissue of Purple Rain that was announced earlier this year, a release date still has not yet been revealed.

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Kid Cudi Collapses During Chicago Concert

September 1st, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
August 31, 2014

There was a scary incident at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival on August 30 as Kid Cudi collapsed during his hour-long set. Crowd-shot video from the concert shows Cudi in the photo pit while performing his hit “Pursuit of Happiness,” Consequence of Sound writes. After high-fiving fans and signing some autographs, at around the one-minute mark in the video, the rapper suddenly loses consciousness and begins to fall backwards. Thankfully, alert security guards manage to catch Cudi before he hits the ground and quickly band together to carry the rapper out of the photo pit.

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While there was immediate confusion among the crowd, in a series of tweets following the performance, the rapper assured fans he was okay. “I’m ok!! Blessed to have fans who actually give a fuck about me,” Cudi tweeted. “Mad love to the security who were there and helped me out tonight. Really awesome dudes! Thanx for nursing me back to health ha. Ill do a better and make sure to eat properly on show days :) scouts honor! I love you Chicago. Don’t you forget that shit. Ever. If I scared anyone tonight I am so so sorry from the bottom of my heart.”

The rapper doesn’t have any gigs scheduled until his September 27 slot at Outkast’s ATLast Festival in Atlanta, so he should have plenty of time to recover from the collapse. Cudi had been on the road in support of his most recent album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, his first LP since parting ways with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

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