David Crosby Plots Fall Tour Behind ‘Lighthouse’ LP

August 26, 2016 Music

David Crosby has announced a U.S. tour behind his upcoming fifth solo LP, Lighthouse. The 18-date trek launches November 18th in Atlanta and concludes December 16th in Ithaca, New York.

Crosby's new touring band will feature Snarky Puppy bandleader/Lighthouse producer Michael League, along with album contributors Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis. The setlist will include Lighthouse material alongside tracks spanning Crosby's career.

Lighthouse, which follows 2014's Croz, is out October 21st via GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. In July, Crosby teased the new LP by releasing "Things We Do for Love," a delicate acoustic ballad written for his wife, Jan. Earlier this month, he debuted bluesy Manhattan

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Weekend Rock Question: What’s the Best Music Video of 2000s?

August 26, 2016 Music

The MTV Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. The big confirmed news of the night is that Britney Spears will perform on the VMA stage for the first time in nine years and Rihanna will receive the Video Vanguard Award (and have her own set of performances). But there will also be performances by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Future, Nick Jonas and Halsey. They will also find time to pass out a few awards.

Now we have a question for you: What is the greatest music video of the 2000s? We're going to count anything that has come out since January 1st, 2000 all the way through the present. Feel free to vote for a classic like Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" or Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," a

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A War on Ticket Bots, With Mixed Results

August 26, 2016 Music

Even if Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda eliminates every electronic "bot" that scoops up thousands of tickets and helps shady brokers resell them at insane prices, he's unlikely to make a dent in the scalping market. Stung by reports that one bot sold 20,000 tickets to the popular Broadway show earlier this year, and that scalpers made $15.5 million by reselling tickets to 100 performances, Miranda teamed with Senator Chuck Schumer earlier this month to announce legislation to fine bot users up to $16,000. "I'm so scared of the way scalpers fuck with prices," Miranda told Rolling Stone.

But while bots are a huge problem in the live-concert business — one software developer bought hundreds of thousands of

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Timothy B. Schmit on Glenn Frey: ‘He’s Dead. It’s Unbelievable’

August 26, 2016 Music

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit opened up about the death of bandmate Glenn Frey in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. "He's dead. It's unbelievable," he says. "It didn't happen that long ago. Everybody is still processing it. But part of processing it is carrying on."

" haven't done anything since he passed," Schmit continues. "Nobody's really doing his songs, unless there's a tribute show once in awhile. But I do hear it on the radio. Just now, I stopped thinking about it every day, but I think about this whole thing often. When you started talking about it, I was startled to the fact that he's really gone."

The veteran singer-songwriter and former Poco member also said the

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Review: De La Soul Still Pushing Boundaries on ‘Anonymous Nobody’

August 26, 2016 Music







Almost 30 years after their debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, transformed the possibilities of a rap record, and nearly 12 years since their last LP, De La Soul are still ambitious outliers. Financed by a Kickstarter campaign, constructed over breaks and beats mined from more than 200 hours of jamming by a live band, and stuffed with guest stars (Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Jill Scott), And the Anonymous Nobody sometimes risks losing Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo in their own record. Tracks like the loopy "Snoopies" (with David Byrne) and old-school throwdown "Whoodeeni" (with 2 Chainz) are glorious bug-outs, but the urban cautionary tale "Greyhounds" (echoing Stevie

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Kanye West Floats Over Crowd in Unique Saint Pablo Tour Kickoff

August 26, 2016 Music

During the Indianapolis kickoff show of Kanye West's 39-date Saint Pablo Tour, the rapper unveiled a brand new set designed to bring the action to the audience rather than the other way around. There was no large central stage for everyone to gravitate toward. In its stead, a smallish platform, suspended 15 feet up in the air, that moved constantly around the cavernous space. Above it, an expansive array of lights – similar in appearance to his set from Glastonbury last year – that spanned the entire length of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. When fully lit up in a soft orange hue, and with a dense cloud of fog swirling all around, the interior of the basketball stadium was transformed into something like the alien spacecraft from Close Encounters of the Third

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Review: Britney Spears’ ‘Glory’ Is Another Fantastic Comeback

August 26, 2016 Music







If there's one moment that sums up the fantastic new Britney Spears album – Glory, she calls it—it's "Clumsy," which dropped as a teaser single a few weeks ago. It's a minimal electro-throb from Pop & Oak's Warren Felder (with Alex Nice and Mischke), lavished with digital hand-claps and Britney's robot-perv moans. The tension builds until Britney gulps "ooops!" and a wall of in-the-red synth fuzz slams down – the noise a needy party girl hears in her head when she suddenly realizes she's felt too much, asked for too much, been too much. But she jumps forward into the beat, dancing one step ahead of that noise with all her

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Big Freedia Sentenced to Three Years Probation for Lying About Income

August 25, 2016 Music

Big Freedia avoided prison time Thursday when a judge sentenced her to three years probation for lying about her income in order to scam government-subsidized housing. In March, the bounce artist and reality-TV star pleaded guilty to the crime, misrepresenting her income for five years. The New Orleans Advocate reports that she will also have to serve community service and pay a $35,000 fine. She had faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

During sentencing, Freedia – who appeared in court using her legal name, Freddie Ross, Jr. – told U.S. District Judge Lance Africk that she was "very embarrassed" by her behavior. She also declared, "I am at fault for my criminal conduct."

Freedia put out an album

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Kings of Leon Detail New Album ‘Walls’

August 25, 2016 Music

Kings of Leon will release their seventh LP, Walls October 14th via RCA Records.

The band has been teasing the record on social media the past few days with a short clip of strange images soundtracked by a thumping kick, an eerie drone and singer Caleb Followill saying in a voiceover, "The walls come down."

Kings of Leon decamped to Los Angeles — where they recorded their first two albums — to make Walls with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence and the Machine). In a new interview with Billboard, the band admitted their relationship with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia had grown too safe, and bassist Jared Followill noted the various ways Dravs kept them working and experimenting.

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Hear Prophets of Rage’s Funky New Song ‘The Party’s Over’

August 25, 2016 Music

Prophets of Rage, the rap-rock supergroup that unites members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, have released the thumping title track of their upcoming EP, The Party's Over

The song, which they premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, showcases the best contributions from each of the group's constituents: a funky guitar riff from the Rage guys, syncopated rhymes calling for people to raise a fist for good by B-Real and lyrics about the Illuminati and the war machine courtesy of Chuck D, who rapped "Party for Your Right to Fight" nearly three decades ago.

Tom Morello first told Rolling Stone about the song in May. "In my view, it's one of our best songs," he said.

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