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G-Eazy Plots ‘Beautiful and Damned’ Tour

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

G-Eazy will embark on a North American tour next year in support of his forthcoming album, The Beautiful and Damned.

The trek begins February 15th at the Smart Financial Centre in Houston and wraps March 20th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The trek includes stops in Oakland, Seattle, Chicago and Washington D.C., plus a three-night stand at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and two nights at the Rebel in Toronto.

G-Eazy will receive support throughout the trek from Trippie Redd, Phora and Anthony Russo. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting December 15th. Complete information is available on G-Eazy’s website.

The Beautiful and Damned marks G-Eazy’s fifth album and follows his 2015 release, When It’s Dark Out. The Oakland rapper has shared several songs including the album’s title track, which features Zoe Nash, “No Limit” with Cardi B and A$AP Rocky and “Him and I,” featuring Halsey. The album will also feature collaborations with Charlie Puth, Kehlani, E-40, SG Lewis and more.

G-Eazy Tour Dates

February 15 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
February 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
February 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
February 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine
February 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater
February 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
March 14 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/g-eazy-plots-beautiful-and-damned-tour-w513935

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Watch Screaming Females’ Exquisite ‘Deeply’ Video

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

New Jersey DIY heroes Screaming Females unveiled a striking live video for their latest song “Deeply,” which features singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster performing a stripped-down version of the song alongside singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

Recorded at the home studio of Thermals frontman Hutch Harris, the pair turn the stomping ballad into an aching folk-tinged number. Paternoster unspools crackling electric guitar lines over Veirs’ acoustic strumming, and during the song’s simple, affecting refrain – “And I fall/ So deeply and I fall” – Veirs’ soft vocals rise sweetly in harmony with Paternoster’s rich croon.

“Deeply” will appear on Screaming Females’ forthcoming album, All At Once, which arrives February 23rd via Don Giovanni. The record marks the trio’s seventh album and follows 2015′s Rose Mountain. In October, Screaming Females shared album cut, “Glass House.”

Screaming Females recorded All At Once at Seattle’s London Bridge Studio and Red Room with producer Matt Bayles. The record will notably find the trio fleshing out their barebones rock aesthetic with synthesizers, Wurlitzers and xylophones. Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty also guests on album cut, “Soft Domination.”

Screaming Females will kick off a North American tour in support of All At Once next year, starting with a three-night stand at Monty Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey February 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-screaming-females-exquisite-deeply-video-w513941

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Watch Ty Dolla $ign’s Surprisingly Tragic ‘Side Effects’ Video

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

Ty Dolla $ign pairs an upbeat RB-pop tune with a surprisingly tragic story in the new video for “Side Effects.” The song appears on the rap star’s latest album, Beach House 3.

The Ryan Hope-directed clip opens with several sequences of pure joy: A young man falls in love, creates music with his friends and eventually witnesses the birth of his child. The clip turns dark as the couple’s relationship sours and writer’s block hits. In the video’s unexpected final sequence, the young man walks out on his partner and gets caught trying to rob a house.

Ty Dolla $ign released Beach House 3 in October. The album follows his 2015 album, Free TC, as well as a 2016 mixtape, Campaign. The singer has a handful of live dates scheduled for December, though he’ll embark on a full North American tour next year, starting February 17th at the Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette, Indiana.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ty Dolla $ign spoke about growing as a singer and trying to revive RB with Beach House 3. “Remember when RB used to be on the Hot 100? It just stopped,” he said. “I felt like I had to dumb myself down a lot. I know a lot of people feel like that. There’s a lot of people out there that can really sing, but you don’t really hear them… With this project, I sung my ass off. But it’s still gonna be a mainstream vibe. That’s all I’m trying to do: Make a lane for the singers.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-ty-dolla-signs-surprisingly-tragic-side-effects-video-w513944

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Review: My Morning Jacket’s Jim James Reworks Brian Wilson, Sonny and Cher on Second Covers Set

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

From My Morning Jacket’s early days, frontman
Jim James had a thing for vocal reverb. On his second solo covers set, it
persists, and serves the project well – these classic songs feel like live
broadcasts from distant memory, clouds in heaven, or an empty theater after
everyone’s gone home. Of course, James’ gorgeous tenor lies at the heart of it.
Brian Wilson’s “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” is handsomely
ghostly; ditto the Orioles’ doo-wop gem “Crying In The Chapel,”
distilled to a single lonely voice. The curveball is “Baby Don’t Go,”
the singer multi-tracking himself on Sonny and Cher’s 1965 hit, harmonizing yin
and yang quite literally, and refreshing a pop classic for a new, gender-fluid

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-jim-james-tribute-to-2-w513676

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See Tom Petty Proteges the Shelters Play Intimate Mudcrutch Cover

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

Tom Petty meant a lot to the Shelters, and since Petty’s death, the members of the young L.A. rock band haven’t been shy about letting people know. “He really was our best friend and our guide through life,” frontman Chase Simpson told Rolling Stone in October, just days after the rock icon’s passing. “He taught us everything – not just about music, but about life and the world.”

Now the band, who opened for the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch on tour, and worked with Petty in the studio, have recorded an intimate cover of “Scare Easy,” a poignant and defiant tune from Mudcrutch’s 2008 debut LP, in tribute to their mentor. A video documents the performance, which took place in a location that played a key part in Petty’s own early history: historic Tulsa, Oklahoma, studio the Church, where Petty had signed his first record deal, with Shelter Records.

Directed by Jeremy Charles of FireThief Productions, the clip shows the band entering the Church and explaining how they found themselves with some time off in Tulsa and wanted to explore the studio. Then the band members – Simpson, guitarist Josh Jove, bassist Jacob Pillot and drummer Sebastian Harris – sit in a circle and perform a tender acoustic version of the song.

“We were on tour at the time of Tommy’s passing and happened to pull into Tulsa a few days later,” Simpson tells Rolling Stone of how the cover came about. “Tommy used to tell us stories of him and the guys getting their first real studio experience at the Church Studio … and we knew we just had to go there. We were fortunate enough to team up with the current owner of the studio, Teresa Knox, who graciously invited us in to record this song. We wanted to play something that perhaps not everyone knows, but is a song we all love deeply and we feel it resonate now more than ever.”

“It was a very emotional time on the road, in the weeks following Tom’s passing,” Jove adds. “Clearly it came as quite the shock to us. The morning of October 2nd, which also happens to be my birthday, I woke up early as usual and long before hearing the news, was watching the Western movie Appaloosa – at the end of the movie came one of my favorite Mudcrutch tunes, ‘Scare Easy.’ The moment became quite surreal upon learning that Tom left us a couple hours later.

“While getting through the rest of the tour, we found ourselves playing with the Growlers in Oklahoma City, followed by a couple days off. Naturally, we decided to go see what Tulsa had to offer knowing its rich musical history. One early morning I had the thought to look up what became of the Church Studio where so many of our favorite artists spent time, including Tom. I found the name of Teresa Knox, and that she was involved in an overhaul of the legendary space. A couple phone calls later and we had been allowed to go explore.

“Thinking of the time that a young Tom spent honing his vision for his brand of rock roll, in that very space, we knew we had to go explore within those walls. With the help of some amazing local crew and our good friend Ryan Lindsey from Broncho, we were able to take some guitars into the space and play a song for Tom. A song that I remember blaring out of my truck in Florida when I was 20 years old. A song that I was later able to hear him play every night when supporting Mudcrutch on the road. A song that the universe played to me the morning Tom passed in the credits of the film Appaloosa. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Lyrically, the song perfectly describes Tom’s spirit and the sturdy presence he brought to this earth.

“We had never played the song before, but we ran it on the bus a couple times before arriving to lovely Teresa and the people at Church Studios. Thanks to her, the studio’s legacy will live on the way it should.”

The Shelters recently wrapped up a U.S. tour and have begun writing songs for their second album. Their 2016 self-tilted debut LP was produced by Petty, and both Simpson and Jove worked on Petty’s 2014 LP, Hypnotic Eye.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/watch-tom-petty-proteges-the-shelters-cover-mudcrutch-w513690

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Moby Announces New Album ‘Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt’

December 12th, 2017 · Guitar

Moby has announced his upcoming album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, his 15th studio LP.

The new album follows a pair of LPs that Moby recorded with the Void Pacific Choir, 2016′s These Systems Are Failing and 2017′s controversy-stirring More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. According to Moby, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt is a return to the gospel and trip-hop style of his earlier works.

The shift is evident on the album’s first single “Like a Motherless Child,” a reworking of the traditional slavery-era song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Moby’s rendition features guest vocalist Raquel Rodriguez.

Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, due out March 2 on Mute, is available to preorder now. In addition, Moby has constructed Spotify and YouTube playlists featuring artists and songs that inspired his new LP; tracks from the new album will also be uploaded onto the playlists as the release date approaches.

Moby plans on touring in support of his new album in 2018.

Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt Tracklist
1. “Mere Anarchy”
2. “The Waste of Suns”
3. “Like a Motherless Child”
4. “The Last of Goodbyes”
5. “The Ceremony of Innocence”
6. “The Tired and The Hurt”
7. “Welcome to Hard Times”
8. “The Sorrow Tree”
9. “Falling Rain and Light”
10. “The Middle is Gone”
11. “This Wild Darkness”
12. “A Dark Cloud is Coming”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/moby-announces-new-album-unveils-first-single-w513834

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Alice in Chains Plot Headlining 2018 Tour

December 11th, 2017 · Guitar

Alice in Chains announced a headlining 2018 North American tour, with initial dates spanning April 28th in Boston through May 19th in Philadelphia. Ticket information is available at the band’s website.

The alt-metal quartet recently started recording their sixth LP in their native Seattle with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Mastodon), who helmed the band’s previous two albums – including their most recent, 2013′s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. During a summer appearance on the “Let There Be Talk” podcast, bassist Mike Inez emphasized the importance of returning home for the sessions.

“The last two [albums] were [recorded] in L.A., and they were cool,” he said. “I just feel in 2017, it’s time for Alice in Chains to go back to Seattle – drink that water, breathe that air. My Heart family’s up there. There’s just such a history – every street corner for us is a memory; crazy shit happened or some beautiful stuff. Seattle’s a really special place, especially this time of year. It’s the best.”

Two Alice in Chains rarities – live versions of their 1992 hit “Would?” and 1990′s “It Ain’t Like That” – appear on a recently issued deluxe edition of the Singles soundtrack. Last year, the band contributed a grandiose cover of Rush’s 2112 ballad “Tears” for the album’s 40th anniversary reissue. 

Alice in Chains Tour Dates

April 28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 30 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
May 1 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 3 – Washington DC @ Anthem
May 4 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 7 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
May 13 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 15 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
May 16 – South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
May 18 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ WMMR BBQ

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/alice-in-chains-plot-headlining-2018-tour-w513790

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Apple Acquires Music Recognition App Shazam

December 11th, 2017 · Guitar

Apple confirmed Monday that it is in the final stages of acquiring music recognition app Shazam.

“Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users,” Apple said an statement. “We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”

Apple Music’s future plans for the hit-predicting Shazam are unclear; Shazam searches currently funnel users to either purchase the searched song on Apple’s iTunes or stream it on Apple Music. Apple’s Siri also previously utilized Shazam in order to identify music upon request.

In November, Shazam reported that the app has 175 million active monthly users, 20 million of which are in the U.S., Bloomberg reported, adding that despite the app’s popularity, it had difficulty finding ways to monetize as a standalone product; a method of Shazam-ing during the 2014 Super Bowl only resulted in 700,000 searches.

Apple added in its statement, “Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.”

The Shazam acquisition is one of Apple’s most notable since the electronics giant purchased Beats Music in 2014 for $3 billion, which laid the groundwork for Apple Music.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/apple-acquires-music-recognition-app-shazam-w513797

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Net Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians

December 11th, 2017 · Guitar

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that could impact – among so many other pillars of our country’s modern democracy – the future of music. And independent musicians, those who run a mainly DIY operation, are poised to be hurt the most.

Thanks to the current freedom of the Web, indie artists have been afforded the opportunity to release music directly to fans, be discovered by labels and sponsors, and, in the process, parlay both of those things into a workable income. But if Net Neutrality, implemented into law by the Obama administration in 2015, goes away, their hard-won careers could follow suit.

Net Neutrality is designed to keep the Internet a free marketplace. Currently, to get online, users pay one fee to a provider, like Comcast or ATT, but nothing beyond that is regulated. Unlike cable television, where any extra access comes at a price. Repeal Net Neutrality, and Internet providers are free to create tiered plans where access to music services, like Bandcamp or YouTube, and social media networks require an extra fee. In rural areas, where quick, quality Internet is already far less prevalent than it should be, the gap between lower incomes and democratized access to the Web will only grow. In other words, fast broadband will cost big bucks.

Cale Tyson, a Nashville-based independent artist, explains the danger of this repeal as it relates to musicians. “If music consumers were forced to pay an extra charge just for using streaming sites such as Spotify and Pandora,” he says, “then there would obviously be less people using those platforms. Therefore, we wouldn’t be getting as many plays and thus making less money. If that’s the case, it would make discovering new artists much more difficult too. The Internet is our main platform of spreading our art through the world, and when you hinder Internet usage, you make it harder for us to do that.”

A consortium of more than 150 musicians and actors have agreed: everyone from Against Me! to Speedy Ortiz has signed a petition lending their names to the fight against repealing Net Neutrality. Others, like Americana singer-songwriter Cory Branan, have been vocal online about the dangers this action holds for independent art.

“Some fans, and all musicians, know that record sales have never been the largest part of a musician’s income. Traditionally it’s touring and [merchandise sales],” he says. “And since the hard copy was smashed to pixels, or the audio equivalent, in the early 2000s, the streaming model that arose has continually devalued those pixels. The upside, at least theoretically, is that an independent artist or label has potential for unlimited digital exposure. Anyone anywhere can stream, and that can put asses in seats when we tour through town.”

As Branan points out, not only would repealing Net Neutrality have an impact on streaming music, it would also bleed into the sale of tickets and even merchandise.

Grammy winner Janiva Magness claims that the repeal of Net Neutrality could even have an impact on the fees paid to an artist’s team, because of how the rising costs of doing business would impact their overhead – managers and booking agents will need access to the entire Internet, which will come at a cost. That’s just one of the reasons that an artist’s income will, in turn, be impacted as well.

“The revenue that comes to indie artists from digital radio services like Sirius XM or the pittance from streaming services like Spotify will all be radically reduced because access for those services will be restricted to a much smaller group of people and no longer available to millions of fans and listeners, because they can’t afford to buy the bandwidth to listen,” Magness says. “Translation: artists royalties are potentially severely reduced while your fan base dwindles.”

And for those who believe, rightly, that the climate for women in country music is inhospitable now – just watch how bad things become if Net Neutrality is repealed. Terrestrial country radio is a dreary place for female artists, who only saw two songs go to the Number One slot on the Billboard Country Airplay charts this year. Many women, and independent country and Americana artists in general, depend on the promise of streaming sites to break through to an audience and sidestep the grip that country radio programmers hold over the format.

To Alanna Royale, a Nashville-based independent band that owes much of their fanbase to the Internet, repealing Net Neutrality feels like the kiss of death on translating creative freedom into livelihood. “As an independent artist, I can rely on controlling my own content on any and all platforms I choose to participate in,” says lead singer Alanna Quinn-Broadus. “There is literally no limit to where and how I navigate the direction of my music. That being said, it’s only beneficial to me if I know that there are people out there with access to all of those platforms. If Internet providers start to pick and choose how you interact in the digital world or charge competitive prices for access to those platforms higher than my average fan can afford, then I have a whole new set of hurdles in front of me.”

For many, Net Neutrality feels like one of the last vestiges of freedom in an increasingly corporatized world. “We’ve allowed these entities so much power over us, that Net Neutrality might be the only thing left keeping their boots off our necks,” says Luther Russell of Those Pretty Wrongs, his duo with Big Star’s Jody Stephens.

Repeal will corporatize selection too. A free and open Internet has allowed independent artists like Sturgill Simpson, Drive-By Truckers and Chance the Rapper to grow and cultivate a fan base on their own terms, and for fans to find them. But if Net Neutrality goes away, not only will access to discovery platforms be limited, corporations and providers will have the opportunity to boost artists that have deals with their brands instead. And since the Internet is such an important vehicle behind the genre-less creativity in today’s music – artists grow up with near universal access to music from every corner of the globe through the Web – the end of Net Neutrality could mean more music that is culturally myopic in scope.

The vote will go before the FCC on December 14th, and those who wish to take action can visit battleforthenet.com. Or heed this warning from Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood. “Bands like Drive-By Truckers literally owe our existence to the Net,” he says. “We used it in the early days to book, promote and sell our music, as well as to raise the money to release our most famous record, Southern Rock Opera. When Trump and the other Republican asswipes are through with it, it will be like cable. That sucks!”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/net-neutrality-how-a-repeal-could-kill-artists-careers-w513787

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Hear Camila Cabello’s Desolate New Song ‘Real Friends’

December 11th, 2017 · Guitar

Camila Cabello released the lonely ballad “Real Friends” and a swooning, lovestruck number titled “Never Be the Same” this week. Both songs are instant grat tracks for fans who pre-order the singer’s upcoming debut album, which is due out January 12th.

“Real Friends” is Cabello’s sparest single to date. The singer is accompanied by light guitar and overdubbed backing vocals; a lone handclap provides the track’s percussive engine. “I’m just lookin’ for some real friends/ Wonder where they’re all hidin’ out,” Cabello sings. “I’m just lookin’ for some real friends/ Gotta get up out of this town.”

In contrast, “Never Be the Same” is full of booming drums and love-is-the-drug metaphors. During the pre-hook, Cabello pushes her voice into a high squeak as she ticks off the narcotic aspects of her attachment: “Just like nicotine, heroin, morphine, suddenly I’m a fiend and you’re all I need.”

Cabello announced that her upcoming album – once titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving, now dubbed Camila – was finished this week on Twitter. “All of these songs have special memories behind them, and I’m not gonna lie, it feels emotional letting them go, feels like the end of a chapter,” she wrote. “… It started with somebody else’s story; it ended with me finding my way back to myself.”

Cabello’s single “Havana,” a collaboration with Young Thug, has been Number Two on the Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. On Monday, it was certified double platinum by the RIAA, signifying two million units sold and streamed.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-camila-cabellos-desolate-new-song-real-friends-w513554

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