Monthly Archives January 2017

Art Garfunkel Details New Memoir ‘What Is It All But Luminous’

January 31, 2017 Music

Art Garfunkel will publish his new memoir, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man, September 26th.

The book will be published by Alfred A. Knopf and find the musician recounting his boyhood in Queens, meeting Paul Simon in school and recording their first hit together, "Hey Schoolgirl," at age 16 under the name Tom and Jerry. What Is It All will delve into Garfunkel's fruitful and fraught friendship with Paul Simon, and their massive success together, but also feature musings on his solo career, acting work, getting his masters in mathematics, nearly losing his voice and gaining it back.

Garfunkel is also set to continue his "In Close-Up" world tour February 2nd at the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce,

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Derek Trucks Remembers Butch Trucks: ‘He Left an Impression at All Times’

January 31, 2017 Music

On January 24th, drummer Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band committed suicide. Four days later, his nephew and Allmans bandmate, guitarist Derek Trucks, spoke to David Fricke from the road for a special tribute, in Derek's words, in Rolling Stone. That conversation ran long and deep, like a 45-minute "Mountain Jam." What follows is that extended reminiscence – in Derek's words to you.

It hit me in St. Louis, the first time I got onstage after finding out Butch had died. Our band has two drummers. I looked back at that position where he was with the Allman Brothers Band. Then we started playing "Statesboro Blues" – it was tough. But it was like checking in with an old friend. Butch was such a major part of that sound,

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Asia Co-Founder, King Crimson Member John Wetton Dead at 67

January 31, 2017 Music

Bassist and singer John Wetton, who served in King Crimson and co-founded the Eighties prog rock supergroup Asia, died Tuesday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67.

According to Wetton's personal website, health issues forced the musician to drop out of Asia's upcoming tour with Journey. He was also preparing reissues of his solo catalog through his own Primary Purpose label. He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.

In a statement, Asia drummer Carl Palmer (also of Emerson, Lake and Palmer), wrote: "John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the

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Dirty Projectors Leader Talks Wrenching Breakup LP, What Kanye Taught Him

January 31, 2017 Music

"I would be lying if I said it didn't feel a little crazy, but I wanted to tell these stories," Dirty Projectors leader Dave Longstreth tells Rolling Stone of the prolific art-pop group's forthcoming self-titled LP. Due on February 23rd, Dirty Projectors is a self-admitted breakup record that chronicles in vivid detail the entirety of his ultimately doomed relationship with former bandmate Amber Coffman. Ranging from new-love giddiness ("Little Bubble") to self-flagellation ("Winner Take Nothing") and eventually acceptance ("Cool Your Heart"), the album is a deep dive into the musician's life and heart.

After he and Coffman ended a multi-year romantic relationship following touring behind 2012's Swing Lo

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Daft Punk, the Weeknd, Dave Grohl Announce 2017 Grammy Performances

January 31, 2017 Music

Two major performances at the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced today: Daft Punk and the Weeknd will perform together at the ceremony. In addition, Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl will take the stage with A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak, Pitchfork reports.

The Weeknd collaborated with the French duo on two songs from his new album, Starboy, "I Feel It Coming" and the chart-topping title track. The Weeknd is nominated for one Grammy this year for his work on Beyoncé's Lemonade as Starboy was released after the consideration deadline. Daft Punk are not up for any awards.

Daft Punk have not performed live since their last Grammy appearance in 2014. That year, they racked up a slew of trophies for

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Ash Koosha: Acclaimed Iranian Musician on Being Newly Banned From U.S.

January 30, 2017 Music

On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to bar refugees and virtually everyone else from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya from traveling to the United States. Beyond a violation of human rights that flies in the face of the Constitution, the move ultimately shuts down artistic conversations that musicians, filmmakers and other creatives have been holding across the continents for years.

Among those directly affected by Trump's ill-conceived executive order is Ashkan Kooshanejad, a 31-year-old producer who records wiry, crowded, and often quite beautiful electronic music as Ash Koosha. His most recent album, last year's I AKA I, released by art-dance stalwart Ninja Tune, was acclaimed by Pitchfork, The

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Klaus Voormann Celebrates Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Cover in Book Box Set

January 30, 2017 Music

Klaus Voormann, innovative visual artist and one-time bassist in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, created one of rock's most vivid album covers for the Beatles' 1966 masterpiece, Revolver. On March 2nd, Genesis Publications will release the "Grammy Anniversary Edition" of Voormann's 2016 book, Revolver 50, which chronicles the creation of that iconic art collage.

Each of the 500 available copies will include one of Voormann's signed original drawings from his personally curated collection. The box set, which celebrates the artist's 1967 Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Awards, includes a special 12-page booklet, a foreword from Paul McCartney, an introductory letter from Ringo Starr and contributions from former

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Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton Plot Summer Tour

January 30, 2017 Music

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steve Miller Band will hit the road this summer with special guest Peter Frampton for a 32-date trek.

The jaunt launches June 15th in Holmdel, New Jersey and stretches from Florida to Washington State before concluding two months later in Murphys, California on August 13th.

In a statement, Miller praised Frampton, a frequent tourmate over the past five decades. "Peter and I first met at Olympic studios in London in the late Sixties when we were both just starting our recording careers. He was a wonderful guitarist and songwriter then and he is even more so today. Over the years, we've played together in venues from theatres to football stadiums and everything in between," Miller said.

"He always sets the

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Kings of Leon Expand 2017 North American Tour

January 30, 2017 Music

Kings of Leon expanded their 2017 North American tour, adding 25 new dates. The trek's second leg, promoting the band's recent LP, Walls, will launch April 28th in Chula Vista, California and wind down August 26th in Quincy, Washington. 

Acclaimed indie-rock act Deerhunter will open the April and May dates, and folk-R&B singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will join the July and August shows. General on-sale tickets will be available for most cities beginning Saturday, February 4th. 

Kings of Leon released Walls, their seventh album, in October. It became their first Number One LP in the U.S., topping the Billboard 200. But as drummer Nathan Followill explained to Rolling Stone, the band didn't strain for

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John Mayer Maps Out ‘Search for Everything’ World Tour

January 30, 2017 Music

Fresh off revealing four new songs, John Mayer has announced a month-long North American tour in support of his upcoming LP The Search for Everything.

The 15-date Search for Everything World Tour kicks off March 31st at Albany, New York's Times Union Center and concludes April 22nd at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. Two weeks later, Mayer embarks on a tour of Europe before returning stateside for Dead and Company's extensive summer tour.

At each stop, the singer-songwriter will perform three distinct sets of music: A full band set, a solo acoustic set and a set highlighting his John Mayer Trio. The singer-songwriter released a teaser video previewing the show.

Tickets for the Search for Everything trek go on sale February 3rd. Each ticket

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