Monthly Archives December 2016

The Kinks’ Ray Davies Receives Knighthood for Service to Arts

December 31, 2016 Music

The Kinks' Ray Davies received a knighthood Saturday for his service to the arts as part of Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year Honours list.

"Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write," Davies said of the honor in a statement (via the BBC).

The Kinks frontman was initially awarded the CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – by the Queen in 2004.

Davies joins rock royalty like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart as musicians who have been knighted by the Queen; David Bowie turned down the honor in 2003. "I would

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Two Killed in Shooting Outside Meek Mill Concert in Connecticut

December 31, 2016 Music

Two men were killed and another two injured after gunfire erupted outside a Meek Mill concert in Wallingford, Connecticut Friday night.

Police have not released the identities of the four victims, but the family of one of the men killed in the shooting identified him as 31-year-old Travis Ward, NBC Connecticut reports. The two people injured in the shooting were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspects have been taken into custody following the incident, which took place in a parking lot near the Oakdale Theatre. Investigators believe the suspect was involved in a hit-and-run accident while fleeing the scene following the shooting.

According to the Record-Journal, Meek Mill had just finished his performance when the

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dead at 86

December 30, 2016 Music

Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager and booking agent during the band's time in Hamburg, Germany in 1960, died Friday at the age of 86.

Liverpool's Jacaranda, the Williams-founded coffeehouse/music venue that was frequented by John Lennon when he was a student at the Liverpool Art College, confirmed Williams' death on Facebook, the Guardian reports.

"His legacy has allowed us to remain at the heart of the Liverpool music scene for almost 60 years, and his memory will live on through every band that plays our famous stage," the venue wrote. "Allan, you will be missed. All of our thoughts and wishes go to his family and his wife Beryl."

Today our founder and the man who discovered the

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Allan Williams, Beatles’ First Manager, Dead at 86

December 30, 2016 Music

Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager and booking agent during the band's time in Hamburg, Germany in 1960, died Friday at the age of 86.

Liverpool's Jacaranda, the Williams-founded coffeehouse/music venue that was frequented by John Lennon when he was a student at the Liverpool Art College, confirmed Williams' death on Facebook, the Guardian reports.

"His legacy has allowed us to remain at the heart of the Liverpool music scene for almost 60 years, and his memory will live on through every band that plays our famous stage," the venue wrote. "Allan, you will be missed. All of our thoughts and wishes go to his family and his wife Beryl."

Today our founder and the man who discovered the

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Former Pearl Jam Drummer Calls Out Band’s Integrity Over Rock Hall Snub

December 30, 2016 Music

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese continues to both plead with and call out his ex-bandmates over his exclusion from the band's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction lineup.

"Pearl Jam has always seemingly had a perceived level of integrity and has been known to stand their ground & fight the good fight, but it seems the allure of being given this trophy is just important for them to take a stand," Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook.

"We still have the music and no amount of corporate conglomerate or ticky-tack bullshit can keep us from enjoying the power of the music we love. The fact that we find ourselves fighting for the integrity of the validity of a segment of Pearl Jam history to be acknowledged is straight-up beautiful. The reason

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Autopsy: George Michael’s Cause of Death ‘Inconclusive’

December 30, 2016 Music

George Michael's initial autopsy was ruled "inconclusive" after a post-mortem examination conducted on Thursday. Thames Valley Police announced Friday that further tests are needed, and results will not be known for several weeks, The Associated Press reports.

Michael, 53, died Christmas Day from apparent heart failure at his country home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. Police are treating the singer's death as "unexplained but not suspicious," indicating they discovered no evidence of foul play.

After news broke about the former Wham! singer's death, his representative issued a statement of "great sadness," noting that Michael "passed away peacefully at home." In an interview with The Daily

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Hear the Avalanches’ Hypnotic ‘Bad Day’ With Freddie Gibbs

December 30, 2016 Music

The Avalanches made fans wait 16 years for a new album, but just six months later, they're back with a new, slightly belated "Christmas jam" titled "Bad Day," featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs.

Striding along a hypnotic, shapeshifting beat that features samples of Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" and Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life," Gibbs doles out one of his trademark verses.

"Life without fear / Putting five karats in my baby girl's ear / Used to put the cars in my baby momma's name / For breakfast, we were cookin' cocaine," the Indiana rapper says on the cut.

For Gibbs, "Bad Day" is the second track to feature the rapper (following his "All Day")

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John Legend on His Friend Kanye, How Artists Should Respond to Trump

December 30, 2016 Music

After scoring his first-ever Number One song with his last album, John Legend was confident enough to take a huge risk on his new one, Darkness and Light: He sought out indie-leaning producer-guitarist Blake Mills, whom he admired for his work with Alabama Shakes. Mills is more of a critics' fave than a hitmaker, so "there was skepticism from the label," says Legend, who brought in an eclectic crew of guest vocalists (Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard, Chance the Rapper, Miguel), backing musicians (Kamasi Washington, Pino Palladino) and unlikely songwriting partners (Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy; Tobias Jesso Jr.).

"People in the industry get bound by genre more than artists," says Legend, who also plays a bandleader

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Run-D.M.C. Sue Amazon, Walmart for $50 Million Over Trademark

December 29, 2016 Music

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, a founder of Run-D.M.C. and owner of the Run-D.M.C. brand, has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, Walmart, Jet.com and some of the aforementioned retailers' business partners for at least $50 million. According to Reuters, the suit accuses the retail giants of alleged trademark infringement.

The suit alleges that the retailers' distribution and sale of merchandise that's branded with the Run-D.M.C. name without permission – including glasses, hats, T-shirts, wallets and more that use the group's name in their title or description or bear the group's logo – misleads consumers into thinking the products have been officially endorsed by the group and accuses the defendants of "trading on the

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Doors Plot 50th Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles

December 29, 2016 Music

The Doors will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a special ceremony in Los Angeles proclaiming January 4th to be "Day of the Doors."

The event will take place at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, near the famous "Venice" sign. Original guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore will attend, as will family members of late keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison. Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin will make the proclamation.

"Very apropos that the Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started," Densmore said in a statement. "Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silverfish ... and apparently the world took a big bite."

While the Doors chose to

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