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Fame: ‘David Bowie Day’ Is September 23rd in Chicago

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Ryan Reed |
September 17, 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inadvertently declared himself the coolest mayor on Earth by proclaiming September 23rd “David Bowie Day.” The honor comes in connection with David Bowie Is…, a retrospective exhibit opening that day at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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As Consequence of Sound notes, the announcement was delivered in a written proclamation in which Emanuel describes the art-rock legend as “an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums” who has “bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion design and theatrical canons.” 

According to the museum’s website, David Bowie Is… features over 300 items from the musician’s personal archives, including “never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries,” which help demonstrate his creative evolution – “from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s, when he retired from touring.”

The exhibit – which was previously displayed in London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto on an international tour – will be an immersive experience, incorporating “advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment and video installations.” The Chicago exhibit, the tour’s only U.S. stop, will remain on view until January 4th, 2015. 

A documentary about David Bowie Is…, which premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, will be shown in over 100 U.S. movie theaters on September 23rd, the day the exhibit hits Chicago.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/fame-david-bowie-day-is-september-23rd-in-chicago-20140917

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Paul McCartney Loads ‘New’ Collector’s Edition With B-Sides, Doc

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Ryan Reed |
September 17, 2014

Paul McCartney is offering fans something New with a special 2CD/DVD collector’s edition of his latest LP. The set, out October 28th, will be packaged in a hard-bound book and feature a variety of bonus materials – including behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, concert recordings, previously unreleased tracks and an album documentary. 

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While the first of the two CDs features the same tracklist as the 14-track deluxe edition from last year, the second disc includes an array of enticing extras: two previously unreleased songs (“Hell to Pay” and “Demons Dance”) from the recording sessions, the Japanese bonus track “Struggle” and live versions of four New cuts (“Save Us,” “New,” “Queenie Eye” and “Everybody Out There”) recorded at Japan’s Tokyo Dome last November. 

The Don Letts-directed doc, “Something New,” traces New‘s creative evolution by featuring commentary from McCartney and the album’s four producers: Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin. Additional behind-the-scenes material focuses on the former Beatle‘s whirlwind international promotional stint behind the LP, including performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

The full tracklist for the New deluxe edition is below:

Disc 1
1. “Save Us”
2. “Alligator”
3. “On My Way To Work”
4. “Queenie Eye”
5. “Early Days”
6. “New”
7. “Appreciate”
8. “Everybody Out There”
9. “Hosanna”
10. “I Can Bet”
11. “Looking At Her”
12. “Road”
13. “Turned Out”
14. “Get Me Out Of Here Plus Scared” (Hidden Track) 

Disc 2
1. “Struggle” (previously available only in Japan) 
2. “Hell To Pay” (previously unreleased)
3. “Demons Dance” (previously unreleased)
4. “Save Us” (Live at Tokyo Dome 2013)
5. “New” (Live at Tokyo Dome 2013)
6. “Queenie Eye” (Live at Tokyo Dome 2013)
7. “Everybody Out There” (Live at Tokyo Dome 2013) 

Disc 3 (DVD)
1. Something New
2. New Interview (Bang Olufsen Presents The Living Room Tour: Launching Paul McCartney’s Album New)

3. The Promo Tour
     3.1. MGM Grand for iHeartRadio Music Festival, Las Vegas, 21st September 2013
     3.2. Hollywood Boulevard with Jimmy Kimmel, Los Angeles, 23rd September 2013
     3.3. NBC Studios with Jimmy Fallon, New York, 7th October 2013
     3.4. Times Square, New York, 10th October 2013
     3.5. The Shard, London, 15th October 2013
     3.6. BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, 16th October 2013
     3.7. The London Studios with Graham Norton, London, 17th October 2013
     3.8. Covent Garden and HMV Oxford Street, London, 18th October 2013 

4. Music Videos
     4.1. “Queenie Eye”
     4.2. “Save Us”
     4.3. “Appreciate”
     4.4. “Early Days”
     4.5. “Making Of Queenie Eye”
     4.6. “Making Of Appreciate”
     4.7. “Making Of Early Days”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-loads-new-collectors-edition-with-b-sides-doc-20140917

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Run the Jewels Participate in Cat-Oriented Album Kickstarter

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Kory Grow |
September 17, 2014

Run the JewelsEl-P and Killer Mike have said they’d be willing to show their softer side if a Kickstarter to create a remix album with music derived solely from cat sounds gets funded. A fan launched the crowd-funding campaign, dubbed Meow the Jewels – which would involve remaking the music on their upcoming RTJ2 record, due out October 28th – and El-P has voiced his support of the project on Twitter, offering to donate his share of the proceeds to charity.

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“Me and @MeowTheJewels are in contact and working out the details of what [it] will be,” he wrote in one tweet. “If Meow the Jewels happens, I intend to donate the money somewhere that will directly benefit the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown,” he explained in another.

Like El-P, the project’s organizer has said that a portion of any profits would go to charity, namely to “the families of those who have lost their lives to police brutality this year and a smaller portion will go to help neglected animals.”

Rewards for funding include digital copies of Meow the Jewels and tweets from the campaign’s official account, a matchbook, catnip, a “surprise” (“maybe a wristband, maybe a bottle opener”) and stickers. The highest priced rewards include having the campaign organizer come to a funder’s house and recording his or her cat and “maybe” getting the pet’s name in the liner notes and, for $5,000, a limited vinyl copy of Meow the Jewels that Killer Mike and El-P have signed. The campaign had raised nearly $4,700 of its $45,100 goal at the time of this post.

Run the Jewels previewed RTJ2 in August with the track “Blockbuster Night Part 1.” The record is set to include appearances by Rage Against the Machine‘s Zack de la Rocha, Blink-182′s Travis Barker and others. Last week, they premiered the glitchy RTJ2 track “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” on SoundCloud.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/run-the-jewels-participate-in-cat-oriented-album-kickstarter-20140917

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Listen to Buzzcocks’ Electrifying New Track ‘It’s Not You’

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 16, 2014

Nearly four decades after first emerging from the Manchester punk scene, the Buzzcocks are still out on the road and making great music. Their ninth studio album The Way arrived to “pledgers” earlier in the year, but with its wide U.S. release date approaching, the “Orgasm Addict” rockers have dropped their new cut “It’s Not You” on SoundCloud. Even after almost 40 years, the group’s blistering guitar chords are still razor sharp, and Pete Shelley’s trademark anguished vocals show few signs of wear.

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When the Buzzcocks first revealed that they had a new album in the works, they teamed with PledgeMusic to offer up a pre-order where “pledgers” would get advance digital copies of The Way, plus receive an exclusive EP boasting four unreleased tracks in demo form as well as other unique items. Some proceeds from the pre-order were also donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Buzzcocks have spent September touring America in support of the 10-song album, including stops at the Riot Fests in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver.

The Way marks the Buzzcocks’ first LP since 2006′s Flat-Pack Philosophy, and the first featuring new bassist Chris Remmington and drummer Danny Farrant. (Remmington’s bass work is especially on display in “It’s Not You.”) The Way arrives digitally on October 6th with a CD/LP release due out November 18th on 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. Shelley and bassist (now guitarist) Steve Diggle, two of the Buzzcocks’ founding members, have served as the band’s backbone from their 1978 debut EP Spiral Scratch to The Way. The album was produced by David M. Allen, who previously worked on every the Cure album from 1984′s The Top to 1992′s The Wish.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/listen-to-buzzcocks-electrifying-new-track-its-not-you-20140916

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Grand Ole Opry Preps Free New York Show

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Stephen L. Betts |
September 16, 2014

The Grand Ole Opry returns to New York City beginning September 29th with a second annual series of free acoustic performances at Bryant Park.

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Titled “Nashville’s New Music in New York,” the event, presented by the Opry and Southwest Airlines, will celebrate the long-running radio show’s birthday and Country Music Month. Appearing Monday, September 29th will be the Swon Brothers of Team Blake Voice fame. “Where It’s At” singer Dustin Lynch takes the stage Wednesday, October 1st, and Kristian Bush — Sugarland guitarist and newly-minted solo artist — performs Thursday, October 2nd. Other guests will appear in the park outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch during the event. A full schedule and more details can be found here.

Also making the Nashville-to-New York trek will be the Opry’s signature microphone stand and a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House.  

Air personalities from New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will host each event, which will be open to the public. Seating for the performances will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Fans in attendance will be able to enter for a chance to win a Nashville/New York prize package including roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and a Broadway show in New York, an exclusive series print, and merchandise from NASH-FM 94.7.

“All of these artists have been with us at the Opry recently to showcase their new music, so we know our friends in New York are in for some great performances,” says Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher. “It’ll be great to extend our birthday party and Country Music Month beyond Music City to New York City.”

The Opry’s official 89th Birthday Bash is set for Nashville October 10-11. For more information, visit the official Grand Ole Opry website.

  

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grand-ole-opry-new-york-20140916

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Bruce Springsteen, Louis C.K. to Headline ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ Benefit

September 17th, 2014 · Guitar

By Andy Greene |
September 16, 2014

This year’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit, an evening of music and comedy that raises funds for injured servicemembers and their families, will feature appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. The annual show will take place at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5th, with tickets on sale September 17th at noon. 

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The annual event is organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. “Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” Woodruff said in a statement. “Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved.

“We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”

The Stand Up For Heroes Benefit has been staged every New York since 2007, raising more than $21 million and featuring performances by Roger Waters, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Ricky Gervais, Jon Stewart and many others. Springsteen has played the event every single year. Last year, he played a three-song acoustic set, told dirty jokes and auctioned off an electric guitar, an hour of personal guitar lessons and an invitation to watch him record at his home studio. Bidding stopped at $250,000. 

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-louis-c-k-to-headline-stand-up-for-heroes-benefit-20140916

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Jack White’s Third Man Records to Issue Second Paramount Records Box

September 16th, 2014 · Guitar

By Kory Grow |
September 16, 2014

Jack White‘s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records have planned a companion collection to its lavish 2013 box set, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records., Vol. 1 (1917 – 1927), that will focus on recordings by Mississippi Delta blues icons like Charley Patton, Son House and Skip James that the Paramount label released between 1928 and 1932. The new box set, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932), is due out November 18th.

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Like its predecessor, Volume 2 will be just as expansive. The box, which is housed in a streamline case that has been modeled off a Thirties-era, art deco portable turntable, will contain six LPs, a USB drive, a 250-page hardcover book that recounts the history of the label and a 400-page “illustrated field guide” with biographies and recording info for each artist in the set. The USB alone will contain more than 800 newly remastered songs and over 90 original hand-drawn ads from the Chicago Defender. Each LP will contain a hand-etched numeral and a holographic image. Paramount historian Alex van der Tuuk co-produced the collection.

“The zenith of Paramount – recording Charley Patton – is going to be explored in the second volume,” White told Rolling Stone last October. “They recorded the grandfather of the blues, of modern music. He didn’t seem like a real person. He seemed like he wasn’t from Earth. Charley Patton’s presence led us to this idea. But as we got into more obscure songs, we realized this is just too good a story. You have so many pieces of America involved in this one thing: a company that’s going out of business, looking to stay afloat, so they decide to go into the record business.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-whites-third-man-records-to-issue-second-paramount-records-box-20140916

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Kiss Raise $1 Million for Oregon Military Museum

September 16th, 2014 · Guitar

By Daniel Kreps |
September 16, 2014

Kiss performed a rare acoustic gig on Monday in Lake Oswego, Oregon to help raise funds to build a military museum in the Beaver State. For three years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have assisted Oregon’s Historical Outreach Foundation toward building the $15 million project, but the sans-makeup acoustic show was the first time Gene Simmons and the band had performed at the charity event. In all, Kiss raised over $1 million, $20,000 of which came from an auction of a guitar that Paul Stanley had played since 1989, the Oregonian reports.

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Kiss guitarist and Oregon native Tommy Thayer is heavily involved in the museum, which will be named after the guitarist’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, a 93-year-old World War II veteran. In 1945, Thayer’s father was tasked with freeing the prisoners of the Nazi concentration camps. Simmons’ mother was one such prisoner and a Holocaust survivor, and while Simmons is unsure whether Thayer’s father actually helped liberate his mother, given their family histories, the idea of a military museum resonated with the band.

“A museum is a living history book, because young people today and the future generations can’t just read books or watch it on video because it’s unemotional,” Simmons told the Oregonian. “Going into a building and seeing remnants, vestiges of what it all means just cuts out all the sound and images on the outside world, lets you focus a little bit and makes you understand that this is real life and death stuff, and America exists, as far as I’m concerned, as the last bastion of hope for all of humanity on all of Planet Earth.”

“It really is about the men and women of the military that make my life and your life possible,” Simmons added. “There’s chaos in the world. If you go to the Middle East, there are people… ‘evil,’ is a good word. Forget about different religious beliefs or political views; there is evil in the world. People are being beheaded today, not in some medieval time.”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kiss-raise-1-million-for-oregon-military-museum-20140916

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George Strait Immortalizes Farewell Tour With Live Album

September 16th, 2014 · Guitar

By Andrew Leahey |
September 16, 2014

Long live the King!

Three months after the final tour of his 33-year career, George Strait — the reigning King of Country, even in retirement — is letting all of his fans in on the fun had by 104,793 people on June 7th in Dallas. A new live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from ATT Stadium, captures his historic last performance on the farewell tour, which broke a previous attendance record set by the Rolling Stones.

Recorded at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, the project shines a light not only on Strait, but also the generations of country fans who’ve followed in his boot steps. More than 10 musical guests make appearances throughout the disc, including Eric Church, Vince Gill, Sheryl CrowMiranda Lambert and Faith Hill. Strait’s son, George “Bubba” Strait, Jr., also gets a piece of the action, joining his dad for a performance of Bubba’s own tune, “Arkansas Dave.”

Released today by MCA Nashville, the album also includes an encore performance of “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” performed as a group singalong with all of Strait’s musical guests. Each singer — from Kenny Chesney to Jason Aldean to Martina McBride — takes a turn at the mic, paying tribute to a country singer who remained at the top of his game throughout three and a half decades. The song may be breezy, but it’s a damn moving performance.

Thanks to CMT, most of the concert (including “All My Ex’s”) can be viewed below. And while this immortalized show marks the end of Strait’s touring career, the album is not his swan song. The singer renewed his longtime deal with MCA Nashville last year to record five new albums of all-new material.

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From ATT Stadium track listing:

1. “Check Yes or No”
2. “The Love Bug” (with Vince Gill)
3. “Fool Hearted Memory” (with Jason Aldean)
4. “Arkansas Dave” (with Bubba Strait)
5. “Cowboys Like Us” (with Eric Church)
6. “That’s What Breaking Hearts Do”
7. “Marina Del Rey”
8. “Here for a Good Time” (with Sheryl Crow)
9. “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
10. “Jackson” (with Martina McBride)
11. “A Showman’s Life” (with Faith Hill)
12. “Murder on Music Row” (with Alan Jackson)
13. “The Chair”
14. “Give It All We Got Tonight”
15. “Run” (with Miranda Lambert)
16. “I’ll Always Remember You”
17. “Ocean Front Property” (with Kenny Chesney)
18. “Troubadour”
19. “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. “The Cowboy Rides Away”

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/george-strait-live-album-the-cowboy-rides-away-tour-20140916

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Watch Macklemore, Fences Deliver Emphatic Version of ‘Arrows’ for ‘GMA’

September 16th, 2014 · Guitar

By Cady Drell |
September 15, 2014

Macklemore joined Seattle pop group Fences onstage to kick off Good Morning America’s Fall Concert Series on Monday, performing a stirring version of the Ryan Lewis-produced single “Arrows.” The track will appear on Fences’ Elektra Records debut, Lesser Oceans, due out in January.

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“It’s pop, but it’s also vulnerable,” Fences frontman Christopher Mansfield told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos of the track. “Which is something I like to do: be vulnerable but also honest with yourself.”

Mansfield had first asked Macklemore, an old friend from the Seattle music scene, to appear on the track in December of last year, to which Macklemore was initially skeptical. “It didn’t sound like something I could necessarily rap on,” the four-time Grammy winner told Rolling Stone last month. “But I was down.” Lewis’ involvement in the production, to which he added percussive elements, created a more conducive sonic environment for Macklemore’s verses.

Despite being a Fences track, “Arrows” stands as the first collaboration between Macklemore and Lewis since their critically lauded 2012 debut, The Heist. The MC’s verse on the new track discusses confusion and turmoil in the face of newfound fame, opening with the lines, “When the world finally sees his art/He wishes that he never would have made it.”

The video for “Fences” premiered in August and features a scene of Macklemore swimming in a pool filled with issues of Rolling Stone. Macklemore told Rolling Stone that he and Lewis were “definitely working on the next album” and planned to return to this studio this month.

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/watch-macklemore-fences-deliver-emphatic-version-of-arrows-for-gma-20140915

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