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Superlatones: Best Hidden Talent

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory—a musical wish-list, if you will—of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

As musicians, we come to understand music in a myriad of different ways. Depending on what instrument we play or value most, we tend to tune in to specific parts of a song: a drum solo, a complicated guitar riff, a fun bass line. This week, we feature artists known for their catchy tunes and great production quality; but instead of analyzing the composition of their songs, we are focusing on a different aspect of their music that the rest of the world seems to take for granted: their voice.

The Dynamic Duo:
Foster the People
and Gotye

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Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

In a Facebook post by his friend Bootsy Collins, it was announced that soul legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Stage 1 colon cancer.

“”He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers,” says Collins. “Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One!” This was following a previous post revealing that the singer had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and recently announced the release of his first studio album in 13 years. The record, entitled The Bravest Man In The Universe, is set for release on June 12.

Dry the River and Bowerbirds at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA



When they first come on stage, it is easy to mistake Dry the River‘s aloofness for detachment rather than focus. Lead singer Peter Liddle steps onto the stage first, silent and grungy in the DIY haircut he says makes him look like something out of Monty Python, and the rest of the band stands silent with him. But as soon as they begin to play, they leave no doubt as to the intensity behind their music. Their resonating harmonies capture you immediately in songs such as “Shaker Hymns,” “Bible Belt,” and “Weights and Measures,” while still managing to get the crowd excited with heavier, more upbeat songs like their finale, “Lion’s Den.” Their banter, with each other and with the crowd, grows lighter and more natural as the set goes on. If you can catch them live, Dry The River is sure to surprise and excite you, their easy-going flow bringing you back to the days of basement shows and garage bands.

After a short intermission, headliners Bowerbirds stepped onto the stage, and already there was a sense of something organic about them. Acoustic guitars, cellos, violins and accordions in hand, their sound was not unlike the rolling ballads of old, faraway lands. Like their music, their interaction with the audience was mellow and simple. But what was perhaps most striking about their set was the sense of wonder -in both melodies and lyrics- that singer Phillip Moore communicates through his voice. The accordion in particular gives them a fuller sound, and still does not diminish the airy nature of their songs. For longtime fans of the band, the evolution of their sound has certainly become evident, as they chose to play from their insightful, emotional new album, The Clearing.

Both bands reeled the crowd in with the sheer power of their music. In a business where first impressions are often everything, these bands manage to confound expectations and put on a great show. We hope to hear from them more in the future.

Usher to Play Sugar Ray Leonard in Upcoming Movie

It seems like 2012 is going to be a big year for Usher. In addition to the release of his latest album The Shanertance, the singer has also been in London training for the upcoming movie Hands of Stone.

The singer will play Sugar Ray Leonard in the movie about Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, played by Gael García Bernal. Robert De Niro is also reported to star in the movie.

The last time Usher appeared in a film was in the 2010 romantic action-comedy, Killers. In an interview with the BBC, the pop star expresses his excitement for his next project: “This is going to be an incredible movie — in time an incredible story — and I’m really looking forward to that.” Not having Kutcher and Heigl as your leads is a good start.

Hollywood Ex-Wives On Reality TV



The ex-wives of Hollywood stars Prince, R. Kelly, Will Smith, Jose Canseco and Eddie Murphy are set to star in their own television series, creatively titled Hollywood Exes. The show will run for ten summer episodes and will follow the five women as they go about their daily lives create their own success. As of now, none of the women’s former significant others are scheduled to make an appearance. Hollywood Exes is set to air on VH1 sometime this summer.

Black Keys Apologize to Nickelback (Sort Of)

After an interview with Rolling Stone in which drummer Patrick Carney calls Nickelback (amongst other things) “watered-down, post-grunge crap,” the Black Keys seem to be apologetic for their remarks against their fellow musicians… sort of.

“I didn’t mean to single them out actually,” says Carney, in what both he and bandmate Dan Auerbach agree might be the worst apology ever. “It just came out. There’s much worse bands than Nickelback … maybe.” When asked what they would do if they ever met Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in person, Carney goes on to say, ”He’d probably punch us in the face. I wouldn’t talk to him.” Check out the interview above.

S Club 7 Reunite!

S Club 7 is ready for a comeback. Among the plans for the pop group are a summer tour, a new album and the possibility of a Greatest Hits album. Members Hannah Spearritt, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens, Jon Lee, Tina Barrett, Jo O’Meara and Bradley McIntosh have already reportedly signed a seven-figure deal to begin their tour across the U.K., which also coincides with such events as the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

The group, who rose to fame in 1999 with their television series Miami 7, split up in 2003 to pursue their own careers. Despite many rumors of them reuniting in the past, it seems that this could be the real deal. Let’s just say that for old fans, this news is a “dream come true.”

Yellow Submarine to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray

It’s the catalogue that keeps on giving. This summer, The Beatles are set to make a (marketing) comeback with the re-release of their animated film “Yellow Submarine,” now on DVD and Blu-ray. Bonus features will include interviews, commentary, a making-of documentary, photos and collectible stickers. This release arrives in the wake of an aborted 3D remake of the 1968 feature film.

A “Yellow Submarine” picture book is set for release, separately, on April 24th, along with a re-release of the pseudo-soundtrack album of the same name. The film itself is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray by the end of May 2012.

Superlatones: The Lone Wolf

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory—a musical wish-list, if you will—of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

We think it is safe to say that Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes are two of the greatest bands of our time. With Bon Iver’s recent GRAMMY win for Best New Artist (despite more than three years of success in the underground folk scene) and Fleet Foxes’ self-titled album dubbed Billboard’s Critic’s Choice Album of The Year in 2008, one can’t deny the raw talent of these musicians. However, it is inevitable that the efforts of some members of these talented acts may disappear into the sidelines, falling into obscurity save for the few fans who are willing to seek them out. This week, we celebrate these individuals by bringing their solo projects into the limelight.

The Dynamic Duo:
S. Carey
and J. Tillman






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Lady Gaga on Media Blackout

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Next Chapter, Lady Gaga announced her decision to sever all communication with the press.

“I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time,” she says, stating that it was just as much a personal choice as it was a creative one. Following the success of her latest album Born This Way, the singer has chosen to lay low in 2012, instead focusing on a new album and an overseas tour, as well as her Born This Way Foundation.

As for her own media consumption? ”No press, no television,” says Gaga. “If my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about?’ I don’t want to know nothing about anything that is going on in relation to music. I shut it all off.”


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