Monthly Archives September 2015

Jewel on Dolly, Divorce and New Album ‘Picking Up the Pieces’

September 30, 2015 Music

When Jewel suggested to Dolly Parton that the two of them get together for a glass of wine sometime, the response was pure Parton. "She said, 'No, honey…moonshine!'" recalls Jewel, beaming. The fellow songwriters were together in the studio to duet on the standout track "My Father's Daughter" on Jewel's new album, Picking Up the Pieces, a record that, like many of Parton's, was inspired by hardship, loss and a healthy dose of self-reflection.


" is such a pioneer, and who she was as a woman the time she came out was just revolutionary," Jewel continues. "I love how unapologetic and how willing she was to not use artist propaganda, and instead say, 'This is exactly who I am.'"



22 Best Things We Saw at Americana Music Fest 2015


On Picking Up the

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Antony Hegarty Blasts ‘Shameful and Pathetic’ Pope Francis

September 30, 2015 Music

Pope Francis is facing criticism after the pontiff's historic U.S. visit reportedly included a meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who has become a figurehead for those fighting against gay marriage in America. After the Vatican refused to confirm or deny the Pope's meeting with Davis, Antony and the Johnsons singer Antony Hegarty blasted His Holiness on Facebook, writing, "Apparently Pope Francis was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America. How shameful and pathetic of him."



10 Things Kim Davis Almost Definitely Said to Pope Francis


In the Pope's various appearances during his U.S. visit, he spoke often of climate change and helping those in poverty but largely avoided the topics of gay marriage and abortion, The Guardian

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Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town to Play Veterans Day Benefit Show

September 30, 2015 Music

Dierks Bentley leads a lineup of country stars saluting American soldiers in respectful, back-to-basics style this Veterans Day (November 11th).



Kip Moore on Failed Singles and Defiant 'Wild Ones'


 Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and the Band Perry will also take part in Stars and Strings, a stripped-down benefit concert at the Chicago Theater. Presented by CBS Radio, the showcase will feature all the artists playing acoustic, helping keep the focus on the sacrifice and dedication of American service men and women all around the world. The night will take an informal approach — with artists sometimes performing solo and other times in various combinations. Additions to the lineup will be

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Turnpike Troubadours Take New Album to Unexpected Chart Heights

September 30, 2015 Music

In a year filled with chart-topping country albums by Aaron Watson, Jason Isbell and Blackberry Smoke, the Turnpike Troubadours are the latest independents to climb their way up the Billboard charts without help from mainstream radio. 



Hear Turnpike Troubadours' Roadhouse-Ready 'Down Here'


The band's new, self-titled LP is currently sitting at Number Three on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, thanks to first week sales of 19,400 copies. For the Oklahoma-based Troubadours, who self-produced the record and partnered with Americana powerhouse Thirty Tigers for its release, a bronze medal on the Billboard charts is another not-so-small victory in a career that's been built on the road. For nearly a decade, they've been one of the

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Wavves’ Nathan Williams: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Kind of an Asshole’

September 30, 2015 Music

Any teenage kid stuck on the outside looking in knows it in his or her bones: punks are punks and jocks are jocks and never the twain shall meet. A quick tour through Wavves' latest album, V ­­– with its punchy, TV-static guitars, cinder-block bottom end and Nathan Williams' wry, dissolute stories of hangovers, breakups and car crashes ­– seems sufficient to place Williams squarely on the punk side of this unbridgeable divide. And yet...



Watch Wavves Get Hardcore In Brutal 'Way Too Much' Video


"Before I was going to try and play music for a living, I played soccer" he says. "I played on club teams and I had a couple of full-ride scholarships to play in college. I just really didn't like the workload so I ended up stopping, and

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Wavves’ Nathan Williams: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Kind of an Asshole’

September 30, 2015 Music

Any teenage kid stuck on the outside looking in knows it in his or her bones: punks are punks and jocks are jocks and never the twain shall meet. A quick tour through Wavves' latest album, V ­­– with its punchy, TV-static guitars, cinder-block bottom end and Nathan Williams' wry, dissolute stories of hangovers, breakups and car crashes ­– seems sufficient to place Williams squarely on the punk side of this unbridgeable divide. And yet...



Watch Wavves Get Hardcore In Brutal 'Way Too Much' Video


"Before I was going to try and play music for a living, I played soccer" he says. "I played on club teams and I had a couple of full-ride scholarships to play in college. I just really didn't like the workload so I ended up stopping, and

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Justin Bieber Says Floyd Mayweather’s Critics Are ‘Stupid’

September 30, 2015 Music

Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather have been buddies for a few years now, doing the kinds of things 21-year-old pop stars and 38-year-old undefeated champs tend to do when they're in the same room: launch apps, box shirtless, wear sunglasses indoors. You know, totally normal stuff like that.



Floyd Mayweather's American Dream


So it should come as no surprise that the two have each other's back. In the past, Mayweather has defended Bieber's music (we think?) to reporters, and Bieber has called Money a "clean-cut guy." Now, Biebs is doubling down, in a Complex cover story that truly is the gift that keeps on giving.


In the interview, Bieber is asked whether or not hanging out with people like Mayweather makes him an easy target for critics. In his

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Kelly Clarkson Cancels All Remaining 2015 Tour Dates

September 30, 2015 Music

Kelly Clarkson has the rest of the year off, per doctors' orders.



Kelly Clarkson on Legal Weed & Backgammon With Reba


Earlier this month, the vocal powerhouse announced via a series of tweets that the remainder of U.S. dates on her Piece by Piece tour had to be canceled, as she was ordered to go on vocal rest. "I can't wait to get healthy and see y'all back on the road soon," she posted. "I hate canceling and I am truly sorry to my fans that have been excited to see this show. Please know that I never cancel anything unless it's absolutely necessary."


And it's now medically necessary to cancel the Canada and U.K. dates, as well. Clarkson was supposed to start a 10-city run in Canada tonight, followed by six November dates across the pond.


"I

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Beyonce, Jay Z, Prince to Headline Stacked TIDAL X Charity Concert

September 30, 2015 Music

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Usher and Nicki Minaj lead the first wave of an already stacked lineup scheduled to play the Tidal X: 1020 charity concert on October 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.



Prince Releases New Album 'HitNRun Phase One'


Among the other initial slate of performers are Lil Wayne, T.I., Damien Marley, Fabulous, Thomas Rhett, Indochina, DJ Cipha Sounds and DJ Reflex. The show will also feature Tidal Rising acts Benjamin Booker, Hit-Boy, Bas, Jidenna, Justine Skye and Raury.


Tidal subscribers will have first access to tickets starting today, September 30th, at 12 p.m. EST. General sale will begin Friday, October 2nd, at 12 p.m. EST. Tickets are priced at $74 through $244. Money from ticket sales will

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Watch Taylor Swift, Nelly and Haim Perform ‘Hot in Herre’ in St. Louis

September 30, 2015 Music

With Taylor Swift out on tour, expect two things: All-star guests making surprise appearances – just this weekend, she welcomed Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger to the stage – and Nelly coming out for her St. Louis shows. Swift's 1989 Tour descended on St. Louis Tuesday night, and as is tradition, Nelly was on hand at the Scottrade Arena to perform to his hometown crowd. The rapper delivered his 2002 smash "Hot in Herre" with Swift and the Haim sisters serving as Nelly's dancers and backup singers.


Nelly also performed his latest single "The Fix" with Swift before the "Hot in Herre" dance party. As Billboard points out, this is the third time Nelly and Swift have appeared together onstage: During the singer's 2013

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