Music News- Earlier this week, the Australian stream-of-consciousness singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett teased fans with a new video , which was then followed by mysterious billboards popping up in major cities around the world. Next indie record stores worldwide unexpectedly received vinyl copies of the lead single "Nameless, Faceless,” and now the wait is over with Courtney Barnett today announcing details of her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel .
Music News- Superfly and A.C. Entertainment have unveiled the initial artist lineup for the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. This year's edition of the world-renowned four-day multi-stage camping festival will showcase over 150 artists, Bonnaroo will take place June 7 - 10, on "The Farm" at Great Stage Park in TN, the spectacular 700-acre event space located 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. All tickets go on sale this Friday, January 12 at 10am ET, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com.
The 2018 lineup features a remarkably deep roster of talent that includes: Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver performing two unique sets, Khalid, Kaskade, Paramore, Alt-J, Dua Lipa, Sheryl Crow, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Sylvan Esso, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Virtual Self, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rufus Du Sol, Chromeo, STS9, Alison Wonderland, Moon Taxi, Carnage, BROCKHAMPTON, Old Crow Medicine Show, Playboi Carti, The Glitch Mob, Broken Social Scene, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thundercat, Mavis Staples, Amadou & Mariam, Midland, SuperJam, Grand Ole Opry, T-Pain and much much more. The complete lineup is below.
New scholarship endowment at UCLA Law honored Soundgarden leader Chris Cornell Los Angeles, CA on December 21, 2017 - A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell's commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell. "This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world," he said. As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song The Promise (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law .
Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. In November, the song was nominated for a Grammy for best rock performance. Cornell's career began in 1984, when he founded the trailblazing Seattle-based band Soundgarden. A chief architect of the 1990s grunge movement and one of the most powerful voices in rock, Cornell later had a
Music News- Jim Urie, the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he will be retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of this year. Mr Urie joined the company as executive VP/GM in 1998, as the # 2 to industry legend Henry Droz, and assumed leadership of in 2000.
During his tenure, Urie built the distribution company that would take the lead in every issue confronting the music industry's major business issues of the day, including the challenging transition to the digital channel and the pricing devaluation stymieing the industry during the first decade of the new millennium.
MUSIC NEWS - Mumford & Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett reported that the British band will take a break from band-related activities for "the foreseeable future."
On Friday, the group played its final date on their current tour promoting their latest album, in Bonner Springs, KS.
After the show, Lovett told the music press that the band is ready for a long break from a active year that included several Grammy wins and a health scare for bassist Ted Dwane. "There won't be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday's show," Lovett said to Rolling Stone, and added that he has "no idea" how long that might last.
MUSIC NEWS- Though Sir Paul McCartney is one of the greatest musicians and song writers and is still working hard touring, we have another McCartney in the biz as his son James has ventured into the music industry. But on Tuesday morning, James appeared on BBC Breakfast for an interview to promote his new album, but it ended up being an awkward conversation for the show’s hosts. And we thought his recent WFUV radio interview was bad!
The legendary Beatles’ bassist surely needs to have a talk with his son about connecting with the media. James was particularly quiet throughout the interview, which made things awkward for everyone involved, including viewers around the world.
MUSIC NEWS - The presses have stopped for Spin Magazine. The music magazine, which has been published since 1985, recently announced it’s ended production of the print edition but plan to continue publishing online as the company invests more deeply in its digital properties.
“Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your Spin print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund,” the mag said in a statement.
So, as a Spin subscriber what will you receive in the mail? Car and Driver, apparently.
In a recent notice to subscribers, Car and Driver stated “I know we can’t replace the insight and passion that Spin delivered to new-music lovers, but we can promise that Car and Driver will provide that same insight and passion for cars.” Fortunately, Refunds are also available.
MUSIC NEWS- The Killers have let it be known that their new studio album will be titled 'Battle Born'. The Las Vegas, NV rockers have been working the last year on the follow-up to their 2008 third album 'Day & Age' and are likely to release the new album this autumn.
Speaking recently to Rolling Stone, singer Brandon Flowers said that 'Battle Born' is both the name of the band's own studio and a nickname for their home state of Nevada. He said; "In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better."
Song titles confirmed for the record include 'Heart Of A Girl', 'Flesh And Bone', 'Runaways' and 'Carry Me Home'. Producers credited with working on the LP include Madonna collaborator Stuart Price, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O'Brien. Describing the record, drummer Ronnie Vanucci said; "It's living up to its title. This is our difficult fourth record."
MUSIC NEWS - Sublime with Rome announcd that drummer, Bud Gaugh has left the band and will be replaced by Josh Freese. Gaugh revealed the news in an interview with KROQ (see the video below), telling all that his wife is pregnant and he is leaving the group to spend time with his family.
A founding member of Sublime, Gaugh teamed with former bandmate and bassist Eric Wilson and singer Rome Ramirez in 2009 to form Sublime with Rome. The trio at first referred to themselves as Sublime, but changed their name to Sublime with Rome after a lawsuit was filed by the estate of late Sublime singer Bradley Nowell. Since then, the trio has toured the USA extensively and released their debut album, Yours Truly, earlier this year.
MUSIC NEWS- The co-founders of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have announced that, after 27 years of marriage they're splitting up. No word on the future of the noise-rock band said theirs label's parent company today.
Sonic Youth will perform its upcoming South American tour next said Catherine Herrick, a spokesperson for Beggars Group, the owner of the band's Matador label, in a written statement. The couple, "married in 1984, are announcing they have separated," the statement read. "Plans beyond that (November) tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."
MUSIC NEWS- No surprise, with the word that former "indie rockers" R.E.M., known to many as "America's Best Rock & Roll Band", have announced today that they're ending their run and will "call it a day" after 30+ years of music making. Members of the band posted the news on their website, thanking fans for the loyalty and said they have astonished even themselves with their musical accomplishments.
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. "We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening," the band wrote.
MUSIC NEWS - The organizers of Michigan's MI Fest have decided it best to eliminate one stage and eight acts from their inaugural event this week due to slow ticket sales. The outdoor music event kicks off with camping on Friday outside Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. The promoters informed performers and their management of the changes yesterday. Current, revised schedule is below.
The event's national headliners; the Raconteurs, Sheryl Crow and Ronnie Dunn are still on the bill, as are key performers from Jack White's Third Man Records label. Though the promoters had hyped the event as a celebration of Michigan music, the cancellation list has many of the MI area homegrown artists; Alto Reed, Hot Club of Detroit, the Ragbirds, Jill Jack, Howling Diablos, the Juliets, Bear Lake and the Thornbills among others.
MUSIC NEWS - American roots rockers The Felice Brothers (Ian Felice, James Felice, Christmas, Greg Farley, and David Turbeville) have signed on with Fat Possum Records, an indie label that has an amazing roster of performers that include Andrew Bird, Smith Westerns, The Walkmen, and The Wavves. The deal will cover The Felice Brother’s upcoming album (title tbd), their fifth, that's due for a Spring 2011 release.
The New York State band has also announced their Spring concert plans that include USA, Australian and New Zealand dates (itinerary below).
MUSIC NEWS - Looks like we can expect a new Matchbox Twenty album this year. The band is regrouping at Rob Thomas’ home this week for writing sessions. Thomas tweeted on Monday; “Getting shit together for the matchbox guys to come to start our week of writing at my house and covered in snow once again” and more recently; “Working with the matchbox guys. Having a little dinner now,” he also said.
No others news to report, but we've reached up to Rob for updates. The last music release we got from the band was in 2007 compilation album Exile On Mainstream.