Ben Watt may always be known best as The Boy in dreamy alt-pop duo Everything But the Girl, but the 51-year-old Londoner has been garnering some of the best notices of his career for the new album Hendra, his first solo release in more than three decades.
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What’s black and blue and new all over?
The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” — the title track to their upcoming eighth album, debuted today on drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show “Serious Boredom.” Hear it here: READ FULL STORY
“There’s20 million dollars worth of hairdos out here and it all has confetti in it. This is not a Head & Shoulders commercial, everybody.” —Luke Bryan, after show openers the Band Perry unleashed their confetti guns on the A-list front row.
“If you don’t like live music, then you need to go down the block and see Britney Spears.” — Blake Shelton in the opening monologue READ FULL STORY
Here’s who took home the televised prizes at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards:
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Song of the Year: Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”
Male V0calist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Female V0calist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
The King of Pop will be resurrected — at least in the studio. Nearly five years after his death, Michael Jackson’s estate has given Epic Records C.E.O./executive producer L.A. Reid and Timbaland permission to “contemporize” eight previously unreleased tracks for the album Xscape, due May 13.
There may not be many new tricks in the modern concert handbook (not good ones, anyway) but it was hard not to feel like a part of something special last night at the xx show at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.
The British dream-pop trio’s run in the historic New York space certainly defies typical rock-show math: 11 nights, each with two 50-minute performances for an audience of no more than 40 people, in a room so enormous (the main hall is 55,000 square feet) that it looks scaled to aircraft carriers, not humans.
In fact, the actual performance space was surprisingly small—at least at first. After being ushered in through a side door into a cramped basement room, the evening’s forty golden-ticket holders were led like obedient hostages through a winding series of sheetrock-dusted corridors and into a modest square that looked like the war room of a Bond villain, with its rubberized floor and black-clad minions. The minions, of course, were the band: Identically poker-faced, angularly coiffed, and completely silent as the audience filed in and were instructed to stand around the perimeter.
“Should we all take our clothes off now?” A friend leaned over and whispered. And it did have a little bit of a Wicker Man-meets-Eyes Wide Shut vibe, as if we were about to witness either a virgin sacrifice or a wild goat orgy. But then the first notes of music rang out: the spare, shimmering guitar line of the band’s 2012 single “Angels.” READ FULL STORY
You’ll have to be British or buy a pretty expensive airplane ticket to see her though; so far, she’s only confirmed 15 concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, beginning Aug. 26.
The singer unofficially retired from touring after just one six-week run in the late ’70s for various reasons, including a fear of flying and the accidental death of her lighting director, 21-year-old Bill Duffield.
According to the London Telegraph, Bush, 55, has become the most popular search term on ticket selling site Viagogo since her announcement, beating out demand for tickets for the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.
Scott Asheton, the drummer for punk icons the Stooges, has died at 64. The immediate cause was not disclosed, but he had suffered a major stroke in 2011 after a live performance in France.
Aside from Iggy Pop, Asheton was the last remaining core member of the band; his older brother Ron, the guitarist, passed away in 2009, and bassist Dave Alexander died in 1975.
The Stooges’ initial run fit the punk-rock ethos of burning bright and fast: They released a trio of now-classic albums beginning with their self-titled debut in 1969 and followed by 1970′s Fun House and 1973′s Raw Power, before breaking up in 1974 in part because of Pop’s heroin addiction.
Scott went on to play drums in Fred “Sonic” Smith’s Sonic Rendezvouz, and later in Scot’s Pirates, Sonny Vincent’s Rat Race Choir, and his own band Rock Action. He rejoined the Stooges in 2003. The group was famously nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame seven times before finally being inducted in 2010 by fellow Michigan native Madonna.
Pop posted a message on his official Facebook page yesterday: READ FULL STORY
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