Monthly Archives February 2017

Lady Gaga to Replace Beyonce at Coachella

February 28, 2017 Music

Lady Gaga will headline Coachella in place of Beyoncé. The pop star confirmed her appearance with an Instagram post featuring a revised poster for the festival and the note, "Let's party in the desert!"

Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, decided to pull out of the festival "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months." However, she plans to headline Coachella in 2018.

Gaga will fill in for Beyoncé on April 15th and 22nd at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. According to Billboard, Coachella organizers were adamant that a female performer replace Beyoncé. Gaga will now be the first woman to headline the festival since Björk in 2007. Her fellow headliners include Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

Gaga

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‘Spinal Tap’ Owners Seek Dismissal of Creators’ $400 Million Suit

February 28, 2017 Music

Entertainment conglomerate Vivendi, and its subsidiary StudioCanal, filed a motion to dismiss a $400 million lawsuit brought by the creators of Spinal Tap, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Last October, star Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal, which own the rights to the movie, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap and its soundtrack. Shearer claimed that in 22 years, the Spinal Tap creators — himself, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean – earned only earned $81 in merchandising from the mockumentary and $98 from its soundtrack. The actor alleged that Vivendi reported to him that the movie "hasn't been profitable" despite multiple theatrical

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Watch Rihanna Accept Harvard’s Humanitarian Of the Year Award

February 28, 2017 Music

Rihanna accepted Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award with a moving but often funny speech at the school's Sanders Theatre Tuesday.

The pop star opened her speech (which begins at 1:14:00) with a cheeky flip of her ponytail and the remark, "So I made it to Harvard," before discussing the roots of her humanitarian instincts. Rihanna recalled the commercials she saw as a kid that asked people to donate 25 cents to help children in need. "I would say to myself, 'When I grow up, and I can get rich, I'm gonna save kids all over the world,'" Rihanna said. "I just didn't know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager."

During her speech, Rihanna honored the people that inspired her various efforts, including a young girl who died of

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Ride Schedule North American Tour Dates

February 28, 2017 Music

British shoegaze act Ride will play a handful of North American concerts this July as they prep their first album in two decades, Pitchfork reports.

The trek opens July 17th at Massey Hall in Toronto and includes stops in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, before wrapping July 23rd at Sixty & I in Washington D.C. Tickets for all shows go on sale March 3rd at 10 a.m. local time.

Ride will release their first album since 1996's Tarantula this summer via Wichita Recordings. While the band has yet to announce a release date and title, they've shared two new songs, "Charm Assault" and "Home Is a Feeling." DJ Erol Alkan produced the upcoming record and Alan Moulder mixed it (Moulder mixed the group's seminal 1990 effort, Nowhere, and produced 1992's Going

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Father John Misty Plots Short North American Tour

February 28, 2017 Music

Father John Misty will play a handful of North American concerts this spring in support of his new album, Pure Comedy.

The short trek kicks off April 12th at Humphrey's in San Diego, California and includes stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and Chicago before wrapping June 7th at the Metropolitan Theatre in Mexico City. The trek also includes previously announced festival appearances at Coachella and FORM Arcosanti in Mayer, Arizona. The singer-songwriter also has a handful of European dates scheduled in March as well as various international festival dates during the summer.

Father John Misty will release Pure Comedy April 7th via Sub Pop. The album follows his 2015 effort, I Love You, Honeybear, and features arrangements from composer Gavin

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Depeche Mode Plot North American ‘Global Spirit’ Fall Tour

February 28, 2017 Music

Depeche Mode's Global Spirit Tour will reach North American soil this fall, when the group kicks off a new leg of arena and amphitheater dates in Salt Lake City. Before then, though, they'll be offering a taste of what the tour holds with a performance Wednesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Tickets for the tour, which wraps in Canada in October, will go on sale March 10th. The band is asking fans interested in pre-sale tickets to register on their website; those tickets will be available on March 6th. The band reports that the European leg of their Global Spirit Tour has already sold more than 1.5 million tickets, with many shows sold out. It will announce dates for a Latin American leg soon.

The tour ties into the release of Spirit, the

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Banks Announces Headlining U.S. Tour Supporting ‘The Altar’

February 28, 2017 Music

Banks will embark on a headlining tour this June in support of her latest album, The Altar.

The tour begins June 2nd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia and includes stops in Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Columbus. The singer-songwriter will also make stops at festivals including Governors Ball June 3rd, Firefly in Delaware June 15th through 18th and Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, June 22nd through 25th. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 3rd via Banks' website.

Banks is currently touring the U.K. and Europe, and has a handful of previously announced West Coast dates scheduled in April around her appearance at Coachella. That short trek begins April 11th at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California.

Banks released her second

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Slayer, Lamb of God Team for ‘Feel Good Event of Summer’ Tour

February 28, 2017 Music

Two of metal's heaviest hitters, Slayer and Lamb of God, will team up this summer for a North American tour. The opener on most dates will be the Polish extreme-metal group Behemoth.

The trek will kick off in Bemidji, Minnesota on July 12th and wrap in Phoenix in late August. Tickets for most dates go on sale this Friday, while for two festivals that Slayer and Lamb of God are playing (without Behemoth) – Wisconsin's Rock Fest and Rock USA – are already on sale.

Slayer are still supporting their 2015 release Repentless, as well as a recently released, like-titled comic book. The group's guitarist, Kerry King, said in a statement that he saw this tour as unique because all the bands are "old friends." "The potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing," he

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Franz Ferdinand Plot North American Tour in First Shows Since 2014

February 28, 2017 Music

Franz Ferdinand will embark on a North American tour this summer, performing their first shows in nearly three years.

The Scottish alt-rock outfit has not played live since 2014 and was already scheduled to appear at several festivals, including Governors Ball. The trek opens May 21st with a set at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama before heading to Nashville, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, Baltimore and more. Franz Ferdinand will wrap the tour June 16th at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. A handful of European dates will follow.

Tickets for most shows go on sale March 3rd, while a pre-sale will be available for select dates. More information is available via the band's website.

Franz Ferdinand has not released an album since 2013's

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Demi Lovato to Headline Musicians on Call NYC Charity Concert

February 28, 2017 Music

Demi Lovato will headline a charity concert benefiting Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to patients in hospitals around the country. The show will also honor one of the nonprofit's longtime supporters, syndicated morning radio DJ Elvis Duran.

Along with Lovato, Musicians On Call Presents: A Night To Celebrate Elvis Duran will also feature a performance from up-and-coming British singer, Leon Else. Additional performers and presenters are expected to be announced. The concert will be held March 21st at New York City's Edison Ballroom. 

Duran will receive MOC's Leadership in Music "Golden Ukulele" award. "I've been following the work of Musicians on Call for almost a decade and have been a huge fan of all their contributions," Duran said. "Having

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