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Woah, Boston Calling Festival Lineup: The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel

boston callingIf you’d told me a few years ago that The Replacements OR Neutral Milk Hotel would be playing anywhere for any reason, I would have punched you in your damn face for lying so hard. But the new reality in 2014 is that both beloved bands are performing at the fall edition of Boston Calling Music Festival, to be held September 5-7 on City Hall Plaza. The spring edition is happening in May.

In addition, the festival will host The National, whose Aaron Dessner has contributed to the curation of prior incarnations of Boston Calling, as well as Lorde, Nas with The Roots, Childish Gambino, The 1975, Spoon, Girls Talk, Future Islands, Volcano Choir, Sky Ferriera, plus Boston’s own Lake Street Dive. AND MORE.

Learn more at the Boston Calling website. Watch the announcement video here:

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Presenters Announced

Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-LogoWe already knew the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014, but now we know who will be inducting them.

Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. Makes sense. Kurt Cobain expressed his deep admiration for close friend Stipe on more than one occasion.

Bruce Springsteen will induct his E Street Band. The Boss is already in the Hall solo. No-brainer.

Tom Morello will induct KISS, because someone has to do it.

Chris Martin will consciously couple the Hall of Fame with Peter Gabriel. OK?

Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt. That’s a good one – the Eagles started out as her backing band.

Questlove will induct Hall and Oates, which is pretty cool. The Roots’ mainman and walking music encyclopedia will hopefully shine a nice light on the often overlooked rock and soul duo.

Peter Asher, of ’60s duo Peter and Gordon, as well as a noted producer (of James Taylor, among others), will induct Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Salman Rushdie will induct Cat Stevens. No, I’m kidding, no word yet on who has that honor.

The ceremony will take place on April 10th and will be aired on HBO on May 31st. (h/t CoS)

Barry Gibb Sings Everly Brothers With Jimmy Fallon

barry_gibbThe Bee Gees Barry Gibb stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, just a few weeks after appearing with the comedian on the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch “The Barry Gibb Talk Show.” The two have a nice rapport, and Fallon is obviously a genuine fan, so it was great to see and hear them harmonize on a few refrains of Everly Brothers songs.

Gibb then performed “You Should Be Dancing” along with The Roots. He’ll be starting a 6-day tour starting May 15th. See dates below.

Barry Gibb Live:
5/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
5/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
5/23 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
5/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
5/31 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
6/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

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The Best Music Books of 2013

4474421855_5630cc2cfb_oOh baby, it is literally so damn cold outside. I have no interest in walking in a winter wonderland because the weather outside is actually frightful and I’m terrified that if I try to go anywhere I’ll get lost in a blizzard and never make it back home. It’s that cold. If Beyonce was like, “Hey girl, you can have backstage passes to my show this weekend if you just stand in the snow for ten minutes,” I’d be like, “Sorry, lady, but my heat is on and I’m not coming out for anything.” [Of course, it became bizarrely warm here in New England on the day this went to press. -ED.]
I guess there is one nice thing about these frigid climes – they offer up a great excuse to blow off plans and cuddle up inside with a new book. And with all of the excellent music-related titles that came out in 2013, I’ve had plenty to choose from. So if you’re a total wimp about the cold like me, grab one of these bad boys, pour yourself a half a drink more (at least), and get your read on.
Morrissey_Autobiography_coverAutobiography
Morrissey
I’m not the world’s biggest Morrissey fan, but the review that convinced me to pick up Autobiography was this one from Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, who writes, “Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones.” High praise, coming from a guy who also writes for a living. But it turns out he was right: this book is bitingly funny, endlessly entertaining, and stocked with crazy personal anecdotes. Morrissey’s writing is – no surprise, given his songwriting abilities – electric. While I won’t be getting anything from this book permanently inked on my forehead, I might consider it on some less valuable real estate like an arm or a foot.
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Mo Meta Blues
Questlove
Drummer for The Roots, bandleader on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, producer, DJ, and all-around rad human being AhmirQuestloveThompson is one of the busiest and most accomplished artists working today. His memoir, Mo Meta Blues, is one of the coolest and most interesting pieces of literature to hit shelves in 2013. This book will teach you a lot, make you smile a bunch, and give you the lowdown on a whole list of records that you may not have known about and absolutely must check out. Is Questlove the coolest guy in music? Yes. Is he the coolest guy in the entire world? Probably also yes. Mo Meta Blues is proof.
9781555537296_p0_v1_s260x420Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN
Carter Alan
I get the feeling that Carter Alan‘s Radio Free Boston wasn’t too widely read or reviewed outside of the New England area, and that’s a real shame. The book details the history of Boston’s WBCN radio, a station founded in the late ’60s when its DJs could essentially say and play whatever they wanted. Author Carter Alan, a former music director and DJ at the station, manages to stay mostly objective as he recounts its history, but it’s charming how his love for WBCN shines through nonetheless. This tale may not have a happy ending – WBCN played its last notes in 2009 – but the book kind of makes you wish radio stations today were as cool as this one was in its prime.
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How Music Works
David Byrne
Okay, yes, technically Byrne’s How Music Works was released at the tail end of 2012. But the paperback edition, which came out earlier this year, is completely revised and updated and includes the same beautiful, full-color pictures that were found in the hardcover version. So I’m counting it. While the text is exhaustively researched and incredibly thorough (some might say dense), the book manages to be fun and engaging throughout. And while the Talking Heads frontman does discuss how music works in a technical sense, the book really shines when he writes about how and why we relate to music the way we do. Part memoir, part textbook, and all celebration of music, it’s the kind of book that you can come back to year after year.

Morning Press Gaggle: Boston’s New Music Festival, Skinny Lister Dates, Tyler on Fallon, Scott Weiland Axed

Phony New Kids mania has bitten the dust: Boston is finally getting its own big time festival with Boston Calling, which will be held at City Hall Plaza on May 25-26. Look for fun., The Shins, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters and Men, The National, Young the Giant, Dirty Projectors, Cults, Andrew Bird, and more, in addition to local faves Caspian and Bad Rabbits.

UK folk that won’t bring you down: Skinny Lister, the good-time English folk stompers who recently joined us for an exclusive OurStage session, have just announced a bunch of U.S. tour dates, including an astonishing seven sets at SXSW and a stop at Coachella. More from our friends at Under the Gun.

Returning to the scene: Tyler, the Creator, whose rap collective Odd Future grabbed our attention with a debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in 2011, went back to the show last night to perform “TreeHome” and “Domo 23″ with The Roots. It was something. Golf wang?

Please sit down and brace yourself for the shock before reading this news item: Alt-rock stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots have…fired Scott Weiland. Excuse me, they “terminated” him, presumably in a round of difficult downsizing. Weiland will be eligible for unemployment and will be able to stay on the band health insurance if he pays through the Cobra plan. This comes just a day after the singer promised to sing STP hits during his upcoming solo tour, slated to start March 1st.

 

 

Justin Timberlake To Perform Solo For First Time In Four Years

After a four-year-long absence from solo performance, Justin Timberlake will finally take the stage this February 2 at a charity concert in New Orleans to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The invitation-only ”DirecTV Super Saturday Night” concert will also feature DJing from The Roots drummer ?uestlove. For those who were invited to catch this prime lineup, it’s going to be a pretty awesome weekend; Super Bowl XLVII will be taking place the following day in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Earlier this month, Timberlake premiered “Suit & Tie,” the latest single from his forthcoming solo album The 20/20 Experience, the singer’s first solo outing since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Check out the brand new lyric video for “Suit & Tie” here.

Check out OurStage artist Cameron Jaymes if you’re a fan of JT.

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?uestlove To Teach NYU Class, College To Get 1000 Times Cooler

If there were anything to make you want to go back to college again – besides the socially acceptable binge drinking, sleeping until noon, and wearing sweatpants to dinner – it would probably be taking a class with ?uestlove. Yes, that’s right. This spring, The Roots drummer will be teaching a two credit class on classic albums at the Clive Davis Institue for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The course’s tentative syllabus involves the analysis of time–tested albums such as Led Zeppelin IV and Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall in order to understand the many factors that go into making those select albums designated classics. Billboard reports that ?uestlove will be co–teaching the course in conjunction with Harry Weinger, the vice president of A&R at Universal Music Enterprises.

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?uestlove Annonuces Relaunch Of Okayplayer Imprint

?uestlove is injecting some swagger back into the music industry.

The Roots drummer, social media gadfly, and music bon vivant born Ahmir Khalib Thompson announced the return of Okayplayer Records in an exclusive feature with Billboard Magazine.

Okayplayer has existed in one form or another since 1987; the moniker originated from the self-given name of a loose-knit collective of artists that would go on to become The Roots. Since then, Okayplayer has been best known as an online music entity, though the company also dabbles in live events and media production.

News of Okayplayer Records’ relaunch was accompanied with word of some upcoming releases from the label for 2012. Rapper Danny!, who has been working with Okayplayer since 2006, is slated to have his sixth studio album, Payback, come out on September 25th. Payback will mark the end of an eight year gap between releases from Okayplayer.

It was also announced that Young Guru, the studio wiz responsible for engineering ten of Jay-Z’s 11 albums, will be releasing Young Guru: Essentials Vol 1, his all-beats debut album, through Okayplayer as well. Essentials Vol 1 is also the first in a planned series of albums from Young Guru, so fans shouldn’t worry about the lights at the Okayplayer Records offices going out any time soon.

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Dave Matthews Band Debut Four New Songs From ‘Away From The World,’ Announce Release Date And Tracklist

Back in February we covered how Twitter and Facebook had proved that the Dave Matthews Band and Steve Lillywhite were back in the studio for the first time since 2000′s failed Lillywhite Sessions. Five months later, Steve Lillywhite continues to engage curious fans through Twitter, and the perennial touring juggernaut that is DMB is back on the road debuting new songs from their upcoming release, which fans can expect September 11th. I got the chance to catch their two-night stand in Hartford, Conn. Also in attendance both nights was none other than super-producer Lillywhite himself. Lillywhite had been teasing fans for weeks about listening to the new album in his rental car, and even Tweeting a picture of the burned disc.

Quite the brave move, considering the leak of his last studio effort with the band nearly led to their demise, and a decade long producer/band drought. Nonetheless, Lillywhite grabbed a couple of hardcore DMB fans while leaving the Hartford shows, and invited them to his car to give the album a listen.

The DMB fan community erupted with excitement as the news started to trickle out that someone had heard the new album, and suddenly Corey Manicone was a micro-celebrity. Over the next few days he answered as many fan questions about the album as he could remember; most importantly confirming that the new songs being played on the tour up to this point were all on the album. And later confirming the fourth and final new song to be on the album as well.

Read on to watch live performances of the four new album songs debuted thus far, and check out the full tracklist.

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Monday, December 12th, 2011

Justin Bieber Queen
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  • Biebs giving teenage girls everywhere a reason to want to become President of the United States.
  • People expecting a documentary about Queen Elizabeth are going to be so disappointed.
  • Chris Martin is really fitting into his role as the anti-Gallagher.
  • Sorry to all those hoping for more hipster drama.
  • Remember when we’d have to wait what seemed like eons for the next Radiohead release? Those were the days.
  • Wait, so that wasn’t Florence Welch dressed up as Katy Perry hosting SNL? We’re so confused.
  • You’ll forgive us if we don’t hold our breath for X Factor‘s chances for yet another season.
  • It’ll be like American Idiot, but with less obnoxious pop-punk anthems.

 


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