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Music News of 2014

Morrison signs with RCA

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Van Morrison signed a deal with RCA Records, the label announced today.

Morrison is currently finalizing work on his album set for release early 2015. More details will be announced soon. RCA President and COO Tom Corson and CEO Peter Edge said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster. He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album."

Morrison said he was "looking forward to working with Tom, Peter and the RCA team as we plan release of the new project for next year."

Morrison most recently released "Born to Sing: No Plan B" on Blue Note in 2012.

Imagine Dragons opt for "Smoke + Mirrors" in February

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – Imagine Dragons will release "Smoke + Mirrors" on Feb. 17 on via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, the follow-up to "Night Visions."

An exclusive deluxe edition available only at Target, featuring four extra tracks and exclusive cover art, will go on sale in stores and on Target.com on the same date. This format includes lithograph prints designed by artist Tim Cantor for every song on the album as well as an oversized album booklet in a collectible box. Those who buy the limited edition gain early access to purchase tickets for the band's 2015 tour. A standard version will be available at other retailers for digital download, streaming via subscription services and on CD/ vinyl.

The lead single is "I Bet My Life."

Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of "Continued Silence," a 2012 EP featuring the two-times platinum breakthrough single "It's Time."

"Night Visions" arrived later that year with the album debuting at number two on Billboard. The disc sold nearly four million copies worldwide. Hits included "Radioactive" and "Demons."

Songs on the upcoming CD are:
1. Shots
2. Gold
3. Smoke And Mirrors
4. I'm So Sorry
5. I Bet My Life
6. Polaroid
7. Friction
8. It Comes Back To You
9. Dream
10. Trouble
11. Summer
12. Hopeless Opus
13. The Fall

Arcade Fire's Butler announces tour

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – Arcade Fire's Will Butler, who will release his debut solo album "Policy," announced his first tour dates today with all dates slated for March.

The dates include the SXSW festival in Austin. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. eastern on Friday, Dec. 12. The disc will be out on March 10 in North America and March 16 in Europe.

Dates are:
March 6 Boston MA - TT the Bears
March 7 Brooklyn NY - Baby's All Right
March 12 Pittsburgh PA - Brillobox
March 13 Philadelphia PA - Boot & Saddle
March 14 Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
March 15 Durham NC - The Pinhook
March 16 Atlanta GA - The Earl
March 28-21 Austin TX - SXSW
March 24 Bloomington IN - The Bishop
March 26 Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
March 27 Toronto ON - Horseshoe Tavern
March 28 Montreal QC - Bar le Ritz PDB

Butler announced the solo album last month.

U2 hits the road

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – U2 will hit the road starting in May, playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade.

The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will see U2 play 19 cities worldwide next year, with pairs of shows in each city. Special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project and details will follow once they are finalised.

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono, "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed."

Tickets for all shows go on general sale on Monday, Dec. 8. Presales to paid U2.com subscribers begin tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 4.

"Songs Of Innocence," gifted by Apple to more than half a billion iTunes Music Store customers in a controversial move, has now been streamed 81m times and downloaded by 30m fans.

May 14-15 Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18-19 San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22-23 Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26, 27, 30, 31 Los Angeles, CA, Forum
June 12-13, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24-25, Chicago, IL, United Center
July 6-7, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10-11, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18, 19, 22, 23 New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

EUROPE / UK 2015
Sept. 4, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sept. 5, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sept. 8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 9, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 16, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 17, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 24, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 25, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Oct. 5-6, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 13-14, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 17-18 Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 25, 26, 29, 30 - London, UK O2
Nov. 6-7, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 10-11, Paris, France, Bercy

Foo Fighters announce stadium to8ur

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – In the wake of "Sonic Highways'" release and the announcement of the band's first ever U.S. stadium dates, Foo Fighters unveiled a full North American stadium/arena/amphitheater assault for summer/fall 2015 today.

This tour will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple U.S. stadiums for the first time: New York's Citi Field on July 16, a debut doubleheader at Boston's Fenway Park on July 18 and 19, as well as the previously announced Aug. 29 Chicago headline at Wrigley Field that sold out in one day, and the July 4 all-day 20th anniversary show at DC's RFK stadium.

Royal Blood will support on the July/August run of these newly added dates – with the exception of Aug. 27 in Indianapolis and the first Fenway show on July 18, which will feature a special appearance from hometown heroes and post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma.

Tickets for the Foo Fighters 2015 tour (with the exception of Fenway Park) will first go on sale via the BEAT THE BOTS: Box Office Only Resale this Saturday at 10 a.m. The effort is an attempt to avoid tickets going into the resale market. Visit http://foofighters.com for a complete list of box office locations and details. Online Pre-Sales for Foo Fighters 2015 tour begin Monday, Dec. 1, with general on sales commencing Dec. 4-5, check your local listings.

Tour dates are:
July 4 – Washington DC – RFK Stadium
July 6 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center *
July 9 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
July 16 – New York, NY – Citi Field *
July 18 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park **
July 19 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park *
Aug. 12 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place *
Aug. 13 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome *
Aug. 17 – Denver, CO – Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre *
Aug. 19 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
Aug. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center *
Aug. 22 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center *
Aug. 24 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
Aug. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion *
Aug. 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 29 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field (SOLD OUT)
Sept. 11 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Sept. 12 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Sept. 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sept. 24 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sept. 25 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
Sept. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 29 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Sept. 30 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
Oct. 4 – Atlanta, GA – Centennial Olympic Park
Oct. 5 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 7 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum * w/ special guest Royal Blood
** w/ special guest Mission of Burma

Kid Rock announces new disc

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Kid Rock said today that his new album "First Kiss" will be released on Feb. 24 on Warner after previously having been on Atlantic.

Kid Rock produced with the exception of two songs co-produced by Dann Huff and was recorded at his studio in Michigan.

Following the 2012's "Rebel Soul" and the accompanying "$20 Best Night Ever Tour," Kid Rock returned to the studio.

Expect the first single to be released at the top of the year with multi-format airplay. Plans for a summer 2015 tour with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will be announced shortly.

Polyp found on Boy George's throat axes tour

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Culture Club is axing its U.S. and British tour due to a polyp found on Boy George's throat.

The band released a statement, saying, "It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014."

"It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in George's throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation."

"George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice." Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

"We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George's problem will be resolved," said the members of Culture Club.

The band wish George a speedy recovery and added …."To our fans we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all."

Sub Pop signs local band

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – Sub Pop signed a band in its own backyard, Strange Wilds, it announced today.

The group formed in Olympia, Wash. in 2012 and grew out of the Pacific-Northwest punk scene, with members from Negative Press, Outlook, Wreck and other punk/hardcore bands of the last few years. In 2014, the band settled into a power-trio configuration of bass, drums and a single guitar, and recorded the four-song "Wet" 7" on Inimical Records. The group will release new music for the label in 2015.

Midler announcese tour

Monday, November 3, 2014 – Bette Midler announced today that she will return to the stage for her first major tour in a decade. The Divine Miss M's national tour kicks off on May 8 in Hollywood, Fla. at The Hard Rock Live and will visit 22 cities nationwide.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Nov. 17. With every ticket purchased online, fans can get a copy of her new CD, "It's the Girls!" The CD features the swinging sounds of WWII-era Andrews Sisters, to The Supremes and The Shirelles and ‘90s hit makers TLC. The album will be released on Nov. 4 on Warner.

Midler will make several major TV appearances this week including performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 5), NBC's 'TODAY' show (Nov. 6) and LIVE! With Kelly and Michael (Nov 7). Midler released several track previews from the album including a version of TLC's "Waterfalls."

"It's The Girls!" reunites Bette Midler with long-time collaborator and Marc Shaiman who produced along with Scott M. Riesett.

Tour dates with on sale dates are:
May 8-9 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live On Sale Mon. Dec. 8
May 11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena On sale Mon. Dec. 8
May 13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 16 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Arena On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 18 Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 20 Denver, CO Pepsi Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 22 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 24 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
May 26 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
May 28 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
May 29 Anaheim, CA Honda Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
June 1 Seattle, WA KeyArena On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
June 2 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
June 7 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
June 10 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
June 12 Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale Mon. Dec. 15
June 13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun On Sale Mon. Nov. 24
June 16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
June 18 Chicago, IL United Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
June 20 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
June 22 Washington, DC Verizon Center On Sale Mon. Nov. 17
June 25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden On Sale Mon. Nov. 24

Additional North American dates and cities will be added. Midler is also set to tour in the United Kingdom in 2015. UK dates will be announced at a later date.

The Decemberists announce new CD

Monday, November 3, 2014 – The Decemberists will release their seventh studio album, "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World," on Jan. 20, 2015 on Capitol Records, the band announced Monday.

Produced by the band and long-time collaborator Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), this is The Decemberists' first full-length studio album since 2011's "The King Is Dead," which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200.

"Make You Better," the soaring, bittersweet first single from What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, is out today and available at all digital retailers. The track can be heard here. The band kicks off a European tour on Feb. 11, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland with U.S. dates to follow.

While officially on hiatus for the past few years, The Decemberists - Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen - remained visible. The band released a live album, "We All Raise Our Voices to the Air," contributed a song to "The Hunger Game"s soundtrack, appeared in animated form on "The Simpsons" and performed on the season six finale of "Parks and Recreation." Meloy, the group's lead singer and principal songwriter, immersed himself in writing "Under Wildwood" and "Wildwood Imperium," the second and third books of "The Wildwood Chronicles," the best-selling middle-grade fantasy-adventure series that he created with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis.

With their two most recent albums, "The Hazards of Love" and "The King is Dead," the songs had an overall theme. Entering the studio in May 2013, The Decemberists reversed that approach.

"Typically we book four or five weeks in the studio and bang out the whole record," said Meloy. "This time, we started by just booking three days and didn't know what we would record. There was no direction or focus; we wanted to just see what would come out. We recorded 'Lake Song' on the first day, live, and then two more songs in those three days. And the spirit of that session informed everything that came after."

The first songs were highly personal, a change from the strong narrative thrust that has characterized much of The Decemberists' work. "Having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older - all of these things have made me look more inward," sayid Meloy.

These reflections come to the foreground in "12/17/12," a song he wrote after watching President Obama address the nation following the Newtown, Conn. school shootings. "I was hit by a sense of helplessness, but also the message of 'Hold your family close,'" said Meloy. This conflicted feeling came out in a phrase near the end of the song -"what a terrible world, what a beautiful world"- that gave the album its title.

Songs are:
1. The Singer Addresses His Audience
2. Cavalry Captain
3. Philomena
4. Make You Better
5. Lake Song
6. Till The Water Is All Long Gone
7. The Wrong Year
8. Carolina Low
9. Better Not Wake The Baby
10. Anti-Summersong
11. Easy Come, Easy Go
12. Mistral
13. 12/17/12
14. A Beginning Song

European tour dates are:

Wednesday, Feb. 11 Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street
Friday, Feb. 13 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
Saturday, Feb. 14 Leeds, UK O2 Academy Leeds
Monday, Feb. 16 Bristol, UK O2 Academy Bristol
Tuesday, Feb. 17 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Wednesday, Feb. 18 Birmingham, UK The Institute
Friday, Feb. 20 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Saturday, Feb. 21 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
Monday, Feb. 23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Tuesday, Feb. 24 Brussels, Belgium AB
Wednesday, Feb. 25 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
Thursday, Feb. 26 Berlin, Germany Astra Kulturhaus
Saturday, Feb. 28 Zürich, Switzerland Kaufleuten
Sunday, March 1 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali

Imagine Dragons releases new single

Monday, October 27, 2014 – Imagine Dragons released a new single, "I Bet My Life," today.

Written and produced by Imagine Dragons, "I Bet My Life" is the first music to be released from the Las Vegas quartet's upcoming second album, which will be released by KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records in 2015. Singer Dan Reynolds said: "This song is about the relationship I've had with my parents throughout the years. At times it's been strained and difficult, but in the end, 'I Bet My Life' celebrates the bond that we still hold on to."

Formed in 2009 by Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of "Continued Silence," a 2012 EP featuring the two-times Platinum breakthrough single "It's Time." The band's double-Platinum album "Night Visions ," with the meghait "Radioactive."

Pink Floyd disc coming in November

Monday, September 22, 2014 – "The Endless River," the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, will be out Nov. 10.

The group today revealed the album artwork appeared on buildings in 10 International cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The album will be released on Columbia Records and is produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 ‘Division Bell' sessions," Gilmour said. "We listened to over 20 hours of the 3 of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year, we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Mason said the disc "is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

"The Endless River" is mainly a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", with new lyrics by Polly Samson, Gilmour's wife .The concept for the powerful imagery of a man rowing on a "river" of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist. Ahmed's image was then re-created by Stylorouge, award-winning UK design agency.

Pink Floyd's album artwork, mostly created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, is as legendary as the band's music. With Storm's passing in 2013, the task of finding an image that carried on Storm's legacy passed to Aubrey ‘Po' Powell, Storm's original partner in Hipgnosis. Powell said: "When we saw Ahmed's image, it had an instant Floydian resonance. It's enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for ‘The Endless River.'"

"The Endless River" track listing runs across four sides, "to invoke the album listening experience," according to a press release.

The tracks are:

Things Left Unsaid
It's What We Do
Ebb And Flow


The Lost Art of Conversation
On Noodle Street
Night Light
Allons-y (1)
Allons-y (2)
Talkin' Hawkin'

Eyes To Pearls
Louder Than Words

The disc had been schedule for an October release when it was first announced, but no reason was cited for the delay.

Wilco plays 20th anniversary shows

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – Wilco will play a string of late-2014 dates as part of the band's 20th anniversary celebration.

The brief fall tour begins at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Oct. 21, followed by stops in Knoxville, Raleigh and Port Chester, N.Y.

Wilco will play The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 27.

"And, the anniversary party won't stop there – we'll soon announce news about two forthcoming releases – Wilco's first-ever Best Of collection and a Rarities box we're pretty sure you're gonna love," the band said on its web site.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 21-22 – Nashville
Oct. 23 – Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 25 – Raleigh, N.C.
Oct. 28-29 – Port Chester, N.Y.

Cohen announces new album

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Leonard Cohen will release a new album 2 days after his 80th birthday in September.

"Popular Problems," Cohen's 13th studio album, is out Sept. 23 on Columbia. Those who pre-order "Popular Problems" digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, "Almost Like The Blues."

"Popular Problems" was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Songs are:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

Death Cab's Walla leaves band

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Founding member Chris Walla is leaving Death Cab for Cutie, the band announced today.

The guitarist/keyboardist/producer will leave the group following its current run of festival dates, culminating with a headline performance at Victoria, Canada's Rifflandia.

"We've had an incredible 17 years of making music with Chris and are very proud of what we've accomplished together, including our eighth studio album, which we have just put the finishing touches on," stated Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr. "We will miss Chris and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. We're excited about sharing new music, and seeing all of you very soon."

"I think I long for the unknown. It might be that simple," said Walla in an online post.

"Deciding to leave the band was not, and is not, easy. It's really, really sad. I love my bandmates, and I'm proud of what we've done, and mercifully, those things don't change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it."

"I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here," said Walla. "I am profoundly grateful to Ben, Nick and Jason for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful, beyond words. Thank you."

Death Cab for Cutie is currently winding up sessions for its eighth studio album. The band is recording in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board. The album is slated for release in early 2015 with touring to follow.

Dion breaks from touring to deal with husband's health

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Celine Dion announced Wednesday that she would take a break from touring to deal with her husband's health issues.

Her web site said that the Canadian singer "decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues. Since Rene's surgery last December to remove a cancerous tumor, it's been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children."

Dion has also been fighting an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles and has not been able to perform any of her scheduled shows in Las Vegas since her last show on July 29. She has still not recovered from this condition.

"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support." said Dion.

During this hiatus, Dion will cancel her shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace until further notice. She will also cancel her tour of Asia, previously scheduled for the fall.

The Civil Wars are officially history

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – The duo - Joy Lynn Williams and John Paul White - announced on their web site Tuesday that the year-plus long split is now permanent.

"The Civil Wars...have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, which has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012," the duo said on its web site.

What exactly led to the break-up was never made clear. Williams talked about trying to work issues out with White, but he had very little to say about the internal issues. They never toured behind their last release and major label debut.

They self-released "Barton Hollow" in 2011 to wide acclaim and two Grammys in 2012. They followed "Barton Hollow" up in 2013 with "The Civil Wars" on Columbia. The album débuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The duo also won a Grammy in 2013 for "Safe & Sound" with Taylor Swift and in 2014 for "From This Valley" for Bese\t Country Duo/Group Performance.

"I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least," said Williams, who previously had a career as a Christian artist. "JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that 'You Are My Sunshine' will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I'm so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I'm excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I've loved being back in the studio and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon."

"I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars-from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between," said White. "My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one."

The Civil Wars gave a parting "thank you gift and farewell," a download of their rendition of "You Are My Sunshine." Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band's limited edition Barton Hollow 7" vinyl. This marked the first time the song was available digitally in the U.S.

The Script launch fourth disc with "Superheroes" today

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Dublin rockers The Script kick off their album launch for "No Sound Without Silence," due Sept. 30 – with the release of the first single, "Superheroes," which hits U.S. radio today.

"Superheroes" will be available digitally on July 29. The pseudo-video for "Superheroes" will be released on Vevo and youtube today, with the official video for the album's first single to be unveiled in early August.

"This album is all about trying to bottle that energy when we come off stage," said front-man, singer/songwriter Danny O' Donoghue, "as well as that contemplative space between notes."

The Script - Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Plower - released their eponymous debut album in 2008. The single "Breakeven," went to number one on the U.S. charts, and the album went on to double-platinum sales. "Science and Faith" came out in 2010 and "#3" in 2012.

Train soon feels "Bulletproof"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – Train's seventh album, "Bulletproof Picasso," drops Sept. 16 on Columbia.

The first single, "Angel In Blue Jeans," has hit the charts and the video for the new song premiered on VEVO today, featuring character actor Danny Trejo, who starred in the Robert Rodriguez-helmed ‘Mariachi-style' sagas "Machete" and "Dusk Til Dawn." Hannah Simone from the hit TV show "New Girl" is also featured.

"Bulletproof Picasso" was produced by previous Train collaborator Butch Walker .

"I've always wanted to emotionally connect with people through the songs," said Train front man Pat Monahan. "But I also want to get into people's lives with this album. We're very excited about ‘Bulletproof Picasso,' and we're looking forward to performing some of the new songs for all our fans."

Train will showcase new tracks with shows in Los Angeles, New York, and their hometown of San Francisco.

The band's most recent album, 2012's "California 37," spawned the hit "Drive By."

Songs are:
1. Cadillac, Cadillac
2. Bulletproof Picasso
3. Angel In Blue Jeans
4. Give It All
5. Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life
6. Son Of A Prison Guard
7. Just A Memory
8. I'm Drinkin' Tonight
9. I Will Remember
10. The Bridge
11. Baby, Happy Birthday
12. Don't Grow Up So Fast

Tour dates are:
July 25 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Aug. 7 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Aug. 10 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 16 Stafford, UK V Festival
Aug. 17 Chelmsford, UK V Festival
Aug. 22 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
Aug. 23 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
Aug. 28 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Aug. 29 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
Aug. 30 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel and Casino

Record release shows are:
Sept. 17-18 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
Sept. 21-22 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
Sept. 25 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

Israeli, Palestinian attacks force Young to cancel concert in Israel

Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Due to the current battles between Israel and terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon, Neil Young & Crazy Horse were forced to cancel their concert appearance originally scheduled for July 17 in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

A spokesperson for Young's camp said: "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."

"I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat, two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together," said Young.

Yanofsky goes home again

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – By Jason MacNeil

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal. The number also marks the percentage of her life jazz/pop singer Nikki Yanofsky has played at the annual event: seven times despite being a mere 20 years old.

"It's always fun, it's my hometown," Yanofsky says the day prior to her headlining show at Metropolis, an old but intimate venue. "It's the one show a year I do here, and it's a challenge, too, to play the same place every year. You get to see how the audience grows with you, how they develop, how you develop. It's also a good challenge to see how you can make things fresh and new each year and different so you're not doing the same thing every time you're here."

Yanofsky shook things up earlier this year with her latest album, "Little Secret," an album that sees her branching out from standard jazz into a more punchy, poppy realm. It's something the singer says she had been eager to do for a while.

"I started out this album already knowing I wanted to bridge jazz and pop, sort of fuse them together and bring it back to my generation," she says. "The first song I wrote for this album was 'Little Secret.' I wrote that with Matt Morris, and that was the first time I realized it was possible to do that. 'Something New' was the second one and then 'Blessed With Your Curse.' Basing a song off a scat, it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what you could do with that."

The singer also says the biggest hurdle in making the record was believing in herself that she could do it. "A lot of people, if they're not in your head and they don't understand where you want it to end up, it's hard to grasp the idea you can do something original and new," Yanofsky says. "If nobody's heard something like that before then they won't get it right away. I had to be like, 'No I have to see this through.' In the end they were like, 'Okay I get it now.' It was cool to be able to put what was in my head down in song."

Yanofsky, who said wrote close to 100 songs for the record, also worked with Quincy Jones for the album. The singer says despite his stature in music Jones remains a "so normal, so down-to-earth" person. "It was just a dream come true for me," she says. "He understood what I wanted to do right from the beginning and supported it. He understands the pop and jazz world better than anyone. He was the master of both, from Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington and all those greats. He loved the idea that I wanted to de-categorize music in a way. He always tells me to do that. He told me Duke Ellington told him to do that."

One of the songs Yanofsky says was an homage to Jones was "Something New," a tune Yanofsky, Rob Kleiner and Audra Mae Butts wrote which honored two icons simultaneously. "I wanted to have a tribute song for him (Jones) and to Herbie Hancock," Yanofsky says. "Those two guys have been extremely supportive of me throughout my whole career, always pushing me to do better and push my limits a bit.

"We had this song and I was like, 'This is really good, are you paying homage to 'Watermelon Man' (a song found on Hancock's 1962 debut album)? I don't think he (Kleiner) knew the song. I was like, 'Why don't we combine it and make it a tribute to the two of them. So the chorus became 'Soul Bossa Nova' by Quincy Jones and 'Watermelon Man.' When I played it for Herbie the first time, Quincy was there also, and Herbie didn't know I got the rights to 'Watermelon Man' because obviously you have to get the rights. He (Hancock) was like, 'Wow, this sounds a lot like 'Watermelon Man.' Then the song continued and he said, 'This sounds a lot like 'Watermelon Man.' I was like, 'Herbie you know we got the rights to do this, this is my thank you to you!' He was like, 'You mean I'm getting paid for this?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'This is the best song ever!' It was hilarious."

Meanwhile the breezy 'Waiting On The Sun' originated from a lyrics-writing "Song Game" Yanofsky and co-writer Max Frost participated in online. The game brought them together to pen one of the album's highlights. "I reached out to him on e-mail," she says. "I said, 'Hey man I really like what you're submitting, let's co-write.' He sent me some songs with really jazzy chords. He sent 'Waiting On The Sun' up to the chorus and first verse. We wrote the second verse together, I wrote the bridge and that was it."

Yanofsky is touring Europe in July, but is already working on her next album, a continuation of the style of "Little Secret." She also says this jaunt will be "more of a show" and benefit from the fact her album is actually out before she begins touring. "The audience so far has been really supportive," she says. "There's never been an awkward moment or a moment where it didn't go over as planned. It's been really smooth sailing so far. Knock on wood."

Nutini announces fall tour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Paolo Nutini announced his upcoming North American headline tour for the final two weeks of September.

The Scottish soul singer/songwriter will tour around the release of his new album, "Caustic Love," which Nuttini produced with Dani Castelar (Snow Patrol, R.E.M.). The tour starts at Toronto's Sound Academy and continue through the end of the month. Highlights include two nights in New York City, with a show at Terminal 5 on Sept. 22 and Nutini's first-ever headline performance at New York City's Apollo Theater, on Sept. 23.

"Caustic Love" arrives in the U.S. on Sept. 16 after its release in England in April. Nutini is currently performing British and European headline concerts and such international festivals as Glastonbury Festival, San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival. Nutini, who recently sold out Webster Hall in New York City, also sold out Los Angeles' Troubadour for an Aug. 8 gig.

Nutini is scheduled to appear on CBS Saturday Morning (set to air Saturday, July 12), ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Aug. 28) and NBC's TODAY show (Sept. 17).

Tour dates are:
Sept. 15 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON, Canada
Sept. 17 - Lincoln Theatre - Washington, DC, USA
Sept. 19 - House of Blues - Boston, MA, USA
Sept. 20 - The Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Sept. 22 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY, USA
Sept. 23 - Apollo Theater - New York, NY, USA
Sept. 26 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA, USA
Sept. 27 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sept. 29 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA, USA

The Swell Season's Irglova announces new disc

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Marketa Irglova will release her second solo album, "Muna," on Sept. 23 via Anti-.

Irglovaand Glen Hansard, who together are The Swell Season, both starred and performed their music in the film "Once," for which they won an Academy Award for the song "Falling Slowly."

Irglova wrote11 songs over the course of a year and recorded it in Iceland, where she now resides with her new baby girl, within six months with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson at the helm.

"I had been to Iceland for the first time with the Swell Season," Irglova said. "I fell in love with it then and was sad to leave, although I knew someday something would bring me back. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature, the strong energy coming from the land. There is a harmony, a balance, something that allows for a freer flow of creativity. It is easier to be one with oneself and one with everything and everyone around. This makes for better art, in my opinion."

"This Right Here," a track from "Muna, can be heard online.

"Muna" (Icelandic for "Remember") eatures 27 musicians, utilizing full choral, string and percussion pieces, plus guests Rob Bochnik (The Frames), Iranian daf player and vocalist Aida Shahghasemi, as well as Irglova's sister Zuzi on backing vocals. Inspiration for the album partially came from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" and a trilogy of books written by Neale Donald Walsh titled "Conversations With God."

"I believe God speaks through us in many ways, beginning with simple acts of kindness and ending with pieces of art that inspire millions for generations. All that matters is to try and get in touch with that part of ourselves and trust that which comes forth. I tried to that with this record," she said.

Rosi Golan will support Marketa on the North American tour. Originally from Israel, Rosi, now based in Brooklyn, has released two albums ("The Drifter & the Gypsy" and "Lead Balloon"), with her blend of Americana, pop and folk.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 8 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
Oct. 9 Toronto, ON, Canada Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Oct. 10 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Oct. 11 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Oct. 12 Philadelphia, PA The World Café
Oct. 13 Washington, DC The Hamilton
Oct. 14 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Oct. 15 Nashville, TN City Winery
Oct. 16 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct. 17 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Oct. 20 Vancouver, BC, Canada St. James Hall
Oct. 21 Seatle, WA Triple Door
Oct. 22 Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre
Oct. 23 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
Oct. 24-25 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Café

Pink Floyd returns with new album this fall

Monday, July 7, 2014 – Twenty years after the release of its last album, Pink Floyd will release a new disc, the band revealed on its web site.

"Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River, in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer."

That apparently means that Roger Waters, who has had frosty relations with the band since leaving in 1983 after "The Final Cut," will not appear.

Pink Floyd's last album was "The Division Bell" in 1994.

News of the project first leaked on Saturday when the wife of Pink Floyd guitarist Gilmour, Polly Samson, said on Twitter, "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."

Wright, the keyboardist for Floyd, died in 2008.

Druga McBroom-Hudson, a vocalist who has toured with the band as a back-up singer, posted a photo of herself singing in recording session on her Facebook page. "YES. THERE IS A NEW PINK FLOYD ALBUM COMING OUT. AND I'M ON IT. And there was much rejoicing."

Lanois preps for "The End"

Monday, June 30, 2014 – By Jason MacNeil

While producer Daniel Lanois revealed the album title for his next studio effort will be "The End," it's definitely not a swan song by any stretch of the imagination.

"There's a very specific track called 'The End,'" Lanois said during a June 26 press conference prior to his performance with Trixie Whitley, Emmylou Harris and Brian Blades at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. "I called it that because I felt it was the end of an era for me and the beginning of this new adventure."

The musician, who also played a haunting instrumental on pedal steel guitar during 30-minute presser, said The End's sound will be a natural evolution of the sound found on Neil Young's "Le Noise" album, which Lanois produced. "I have devoted myself to the songs one more time and the machines have come in in a big way," he said. "I touched on it with the Neil Young record, ‘Le Noise' record where it's just solo guitar, but we provided a lot of sounds surrounding the guitar that make it more expansive and monumental and powerful. I'm very proud. and I think it's a tip of the iceberg, and I'm going to get to a higher place with it."

Lanois, who has worked with U2, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan as a producer, said he'll be wearing a different hat for the next little while.

"I've sat in the producer's chair all my life and it struck me last year that I've spent too much time in the chair," he said. "The chair started to hurt me because it's largely about solving problems. Maybe the problems are loose ends, and they need to be a little tighter, and the record is not a masterpiece, and it needs to be a masterpiece. It takes a lot out of you. I take all of these challenges personally. So I'm trying to back away from the producer's chair, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in collaboration."

And although he's not chomping at the bit to begin producing for the time being, he said he has always been able to tell when "a masterpiece is on the horizon." Of course, being an integral part of albums such as Bob Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind" and U2's "The Joshua Tree" certainly hasn't hurt.

"It usually happens the same way that you develop sound for a project," Lanois said. "As you get in there and get dirty, something special will come your way That special moment of discover belongs to that project, then another one and another one. Before you know it the record starts to define itself by those special moments."

"The job then is to recognize those special moments might be more special than the plan that you went in with," he added. "So you have to have the courage to abandon what you invested your time into, that's a big part of it."

Those moments and collaborations have almost naturally influenced his own musical creations in his solo career. "I was lucky enough to have my skills intact when the invitations came to work with artists that knew something that I didn't. But I couldn't just show up without skills, so I showed up and presented something to them and the exchanged happened.

"My poetry got better when I worked with Bob Dylan, my defiance worked better when I was sitting with Bono, my appetite for processing sounds got better when I worked with Peter Gabriel. That's just what you come home with, it's natural. The taking happens if you give."

Lanois said he also will mount a tour of Quebec and the Maritime provinces later this year before mounting a North American trek in November The tour might see him working with Canadian electro-musician Venetian Snares, a tour he describes as celebrating "the more innovate, laboratory side of myself because it would largely be instrumental music."

Lanois also plays at the Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario on Aug. 23. The show will feature Lanois, Ray LaMontagne, Bruce Cockburn and Los Lobos. Lanois amusingly recalled his first encounter with Los Lobos in Montreal a few years ago.

"I walked in, and they were like a couple of gangsters, and they hated the look of me," Lanois said. "And then Andre (Andre Menard, Montreal International Jazz Festival's Artistic Director) said, 'This is Daniel Lanois.' And they said, 'Daniel Lanois? We should work together man. We'll keep it chill, no stress man. You want to work with Los Lobos, no stress.'"

Back-up singer Merry Clayton badly injured in car accident

Friday, June 27, 2014 – Merry Clayton, the famed back-up singer featured in "Twenty Feet From Stardom," was seriously injured in a car accident in Los Angeles this week. Clayton, perhaps best known for her vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," faces a long recovery.

Clayton's web site said, "It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us."

"She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord's strength for her rapid healing. For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents,please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips."

Clayton has sung with Ray Charles as a teenaged Raelette, Carole King, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young.

Priest slates fall tour

Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Judas Priest will hit the road this fall in conjunction with the release of a new disc in July.

Judas Priest will dish out its 17th studio album, "Redeemer of Souls" on July 8. Priest will tour in October and November with Steel Panther opening.

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all time classic songs ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming") and albums ("British Steel," "Screaming for Vengeance," "Painkillee".).

Tour dates are:
Oct. 1 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory Oct. 3 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct. 4 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
Oct. 9 Brooklyn, NY Barclays
Oct. 10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah's
Oct. 11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood's
Oct. 14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct. 15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct. 17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct. 19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct. 24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct. 28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct. 30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov. 6 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov. 7 Austin FunFunFun Fest
Nov. 10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia
Nov. 12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
Nov. 13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
Nov. 14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov. 16 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Nov. 18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center

Kimbra announces soph effort

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Kimbra, of "Somebody That I Used To Know" fame, will release a new album, "The Golden Echo," on Aug. 19 via Warner.

The album is available for pre-order on all participating retailers today. Those who pre-order will receive three instant downloads of the album tracks "Love In High Places," "90s Music," and "Nothing But You."

The track list is:
Teen Heat
90s Music
Rescue Him
Everlovin' Ya
As You Are
Love In High Places
Nobody But You
Waltz Me To Grave

"The Golden Echo" is Kimbra's second album. Her 2011 debut, "Vows," bowed at 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand. Kimbra burst into the public eye with "Somebody That I Used To Know," a duet with Gotye that earned her a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year. The song topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S. It has sold more than 13 million copies.

The New Zealand-born singer and songwriter wrote the songs for the new disc in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. "It was a very humbling experience," said Kimbra, who moved in the day after winning two Grammy Awards. "I had just been through the Gotye stuff and the Grammy's, and all the touring. You get very wrapped up in it all. Then you're chilling with a bunch of sheep, and they don't give a crap who you are."

Rich Costey (Foster The People, Interpol, Muse, produced along with Kimbra. She wrote several of the songs with Daniel Johns from Silverchair, another idol of hers.

Sonically, the album is a riot of genres: '70s disco ("Miracle"), Prince-like funk ("Madhouse"), playful, sing-songy electro-pop ("90s Music"), eerie space-age hip-hop ("Goldmine"), plus a piano ballad, "As You Are," with a string arrangement by Van Dyke Parks. Her lo-fi bedroom aesthetic was filled out by the playing of the musicians, who include drummer John JR Robinson, (Michael Jackson's main studio drummer, who played on five of the tracks), as well as several special guests: Muse's Matt Bellamy ("90s Music"), bassist Thundercat, R&B singer Bilal ("Be Everlovin' Ya") and John Legend ("Nobody But You").

Kimbra worked on songs with Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors and Flying Lotus during the making of "The Golden Echo" that will be released later in the year, though these do not appear on the album. However, bonus tracks on the deluxe edition include appearances from Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and Jonas Bjerre of Danish band Mew.

Maroon 5 "Maps" out new single

Friday, June 6, 2014 – Maroon 5 will release "Maps," the first single off of the group's fifth studio album "V" on June 16.

Maroon 5's new studio album, "V," was recorded in Los Angeles over the past year and will be released on Sept. 2. The band worked with producers Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Shellback and Sam Martin, and the release sees Maroon 5 reuniting with long-time keyboardist Jesse Carmichael who took a hiatus while the band recorded 2012's "Overexposed."

Thicke announces new disc

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – Robin Thicke will release a brand-new album July 1 on Star Trak/Interscope Records.

The album was written and produced entirely by Thicke, who has released six prior albums and written and produced songs for such artists as Michael Jackson, P!nk and Christina Aguilera. No title was given for the disc.

Thicke premiered the album's soulful first single, "Get Her Back," at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, where he took home four awards — Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song — for featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams. On Tuesday's finale of The Voice, Robin performed "Get Her Back," with winning contestant Josh Kaufman.

The new album is Thicke's follow up release to last year's "Blurred Lines," which contained the hit "Burred Lines."

Hynde slates TV gigs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Chrissie Hynde will make two U.S. television performances for the week prior to the domestic release of "Stockholm," the first ever album under her own name, out June 10 on Will Travel/Caroline Records.

Hynde will make her debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report, June 4 and 5 respectively, performing "Dark Sunglasses.."

Hynde will play at an in-store event at Rough Trade NYC on Sunday, June 1. Fans can pre-order the new album Stockholm at Rough Trade NYC starting Tuesday, May 27 to gain access to this exclusive event. Fans who pre-order will also receive a limited 7-inch of "Dark Sunglasses," previously released only in the United Kingdom for Record Store Day.

Counting Crows sign with Capitol

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Counting Crows signed a record deal with Capitol Records for the fall release of its forthcoming studio album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland," it was announced Monday.

This will be the band's sixth studio album and first since "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" in 2008.

The band will appear on tonight's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers to celebrate the announcement and perform their hit "Round Here."

"I'm happy to announce that the new Counting Crows album, "Somewhere Under Wonderland," will be coming out this fall on Capitol Records!!!" said lead vocalist Adam Duritz. "Just like The Beatles!!!"

Capitol Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett commented, "It's not surprising that Counting Crows have built and maintained such a successful career for more than 20 years. The solid bond between the band and their audience has been forged through their great recordings and exciting live performances, and that relationship will continue with the release of 'Somewhere Under Wonderland' and their forthcoming tour. I join everyone in our company in welcoming Counting Crows to Capitol."

Counting Crows – Duritz, Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immerglück (guitar), Millard Powers (bass) and Dan Vickrey (guitar) – have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after breaking into the music scene with their multi-platinum breakout album "August and Everything After" in 1993.

Counting Crows is touring this summer on the North American leg of its worldwide tour, starting June 11 in Tampa and concluding in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 17.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce tour

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will tour starting in August to support their new studio album "Hypnotic Eye." Petty starts his tour in early August in San Diego and ends in October in Los Angeles.

Tour stops include San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and Boston's Fenway Park.

Steve Winwood will open the shows.

Ticket buyers will receive a copy of "Hypnotic Eye," which streets July 29 on Reprise.

Tour dates are:
Aug. 3 San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena)
Aug. 5 Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena)
Aug. 7 Eugene, OR (Matthew Knight Center)
Aug. 12 Portland, OR (Moda Center (Rose Garden)
Aug. 14 Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Aug. 15 George, WA (The Gorge)
Aug. 17 Edmonton, Alberta (Rexall Place)
Aug. 19 Calgary, Alberta (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Aug. 21 Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
Aug. 23 Chicago, IL (United Center)
Aug. 26 Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)
Aug. 28 Montreal, Quebec (Bell Centre)
Aug. 30 Boston, MA (Fenway Park)
Sept. 7 Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Sept. 10 New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Sept. 13 Hartford, CT (XL Center)
Sept. 15 Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Sept. 18 Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena)
Sept. 20 West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheater)
Sept. 21 Tampa, FL (Tampa Bay Times Forum)
Sept. 23 Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Sept. 25 Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Sept. 26 Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Sept. 28 Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Sept. 30 Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Oct. 1 Lincoln, NE (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Oct. 7 Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
Oct. 10 Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)

The Flaming Lips get a little help from their fwends

Thursday, May 15, 2014 – The Flaming Lips will release a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album entitled, "With A Little Help From My Fwends," on Oct. 28 on Warner.

The band has recorded their own versions of each track on The Beatles' 1967 classic in their own style, with help from special friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, Electric Würms (A Lips side project) and others.

The disc will be available for pre-order on May 18 and at all participating retailers, pre-orders will include an instant download of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

Bird embarks on summer tour

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Andrew Bird will embark on a North American tour this summer with his band Hands of Glory.

The band includes singer Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton (bass), Eric Heywood, (pedal steel) Kevin O'Donnell (drums) and will play dates at Summerstage, Telluride and Bonnaroo. The tour begins June 6 with a special live appearance on Studio 360 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The tour will celebrate the release of Bird's collection of The Handsome Family covers, "Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of..."out June 3.

The Handsome Family is husband and wife duo country duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have collaborated as a couple for more than 20 years. Bird, who has long been a fan and first covered their track "Don't Be Scared" in 2003, toured with the band last fall and began working on this collection. Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of... includes an updated rendition of "Don't Be Scared," along with "Far From Any Road," the main title theme song for the HBO series True Detective.

The new album follows Bird's 2013 release of the 7 track EP "I Want to See Pulaski at Night."

Tour dates are:
June 6 Studio 360 WNYC Radio Love Fest at BAM Harvey Theater Brooklyn, NY
June 7 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY
June 8-9 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
June 10 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
June 12 Orange Peel Asheville, TN
June 13 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
June 15 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
June 16 The Paramount Theater Austin, TX
June 20 Chautauqua Boulder, CO
June 21 Telluride Telluride, CO
July 2 Power Center Ann Arbor, MI
July 4 Toronto Urban Roots Fest Toronto, ON
July 5 Ottawa Blues Fest Ottawa, ON
July 6 Jazz Fest Montreal, QC
July 8 Summerstage New York
July 10 Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center Hanover, NH
July 11 The Klein Bridgeport, CT
July 12 Lowell Summer Music Series Lowell, MA
July 18 Vancouver Folk Fest Vancouver, BC
July 24 Calgary Folk Fest Calgary, AB
July 26 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton, AB
Aug. 1 Henry Miller Library Big Sur, CA
Aug. 2 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Aug. 3 Sigmund Stern Grove San Francisco September 19 Humphrey's San Diego September 21 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles

Pentatonix signs with RCA

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Pentatonix, the a cappella group that won the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2011, signed a deal with RCA, the label announced Tuesday.

Since debuting in 2011, the quintet has released three albums ("PTX Volume 1," "PTXmas" and "PTX Volume 2") selling more than 500,000 copies combined. The group recently sold out their 32-date North American tour and is currently on a sold out European tour.

"We're really excited to start this new chapter of our career with RCA," said the group in a statement. "We feel like we've found a home where we can truly develop our artistry with the best in the industry."

"We're really excited to start this new chapter of our career with RCA," said the group in a statement. "We feel like we've found a home where we can truly develop our artistry with the best in the industry."

"We are thrilled to have Pentatonix join RCA," says RCA President and COO Tom Corson. "Their musicality and special vocal abilities have enabled them to create innovative original songs as well as re-create some of today's biggest hits. Pentatonix is unique to our business and we look forward to working with them as we take their talents to new and exciting heights everywhere in the world."

Pentatonix consists of lead vocalists Scott Hoying (22), Kirstie Maldonado (21) and Mitch Grassi (21), vocal bass Avi Kaplan (25) and beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola (25). Their most recent album, "PTX Volume 2," debuted at 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and features 3 original songs and 5 covers including a 7-song Daft Punk medley.

Shakira dares to release dual language vid

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Shakira premieres the music video for "Dare (La La La)" on VEVO today in both English and Spanish language versions.

"Dare (La La La)" is a new track featured on her self-titled studio album, released in March on RCA/Sony Latin Iberia. The video was directed by Anthony Mandler and shot in Portugal.

Morissette releases song for Congressional candidate

Monday, May 5, 2014 – Alanis Morissette released a new single, "Today," to be the official song of a Congressional candidate in California.

The Canadian singer offered the song for Marianne Williamson's Congressional campaign in California's 33rd District. The song can be downloaded for free.

Morissette has been an avid supporter of Williamson and sang at her announcement on Oct. 20, 2013. While giving a keynote talk for Williamson, Morissette was asked if she would write a song for her campaign.

"I was attempting to capture the passion, mission, activism, deep humanity and tenderness of Marianne, the new political sensibility she represents and the consciousness that produced it," said Morissette. "Recording at Sunset Sound with my band mates, Marianne came by and visited … We all huddled together as the song was recorded. I love this song. I love this woman, and I love a world that would vote for her."

In her song, Morissette joins Williamson in taking a stand for democracy and economic justice. Williamson is running for Congress in California's District 33 as an independent candidate. "Williamson denounces the shrinking of our civil liberties, the expansion of corporate influence and the pervasiveness of domestic surveillance," according to a press release.

"I am thrilled that Alanis has written and recorded the song `Today' for my campaign," said Williamson. "Her artistic genius is a gift to the world; the fact that she would use it in support of my campaign is the highest honor I can imagine."

Morissette will perform the song when she joins Williamson for a free pre-election rally on Monday, May 19 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles at 7:30 pm. The event will be live-streamed at marianneforcongress.com/live.

Albarn announces more tour dates

Monday, April 28, 2014 – Damon Albarn of Blur will do a short U.S. tour in between playing the Governor's Ball and Bonnaroo this June

Albarn will headline New York's Irving Plaza followed by stops in Boston, Baltimore, Raleigh and Atlanta. A limited number of Damon Albarn VIP packages will be available for these dates.

Tomorrow, Albarn's first ever solo record "Everyday Robots" will be out.

Tour dates are:
June 6- New York, NY - Governors Ball Music Festival
June 8- New York, NY -- Irving Plaza
June 9- Boston, MA -- Royale
June 10- Baltimore, MD -- Rams Head Live
June 12- Raleigh, NC -- Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
June 13- Atlanta, NC -- Fox Theatre
June 14- Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Brickell, Simon arrested, charged with being disorderly

Monday, April 28, 2014 – Edie Brickell and Paul Simon were arrested Saturday night at their New Canaan, Conn. home with each charged with being disorderly.

According to a police press release, at approximately 8:20 pm, New Canaan officers responded to a location in New Canaan to investigate a family dispute.

"Investigating officers gathered information and found probable cause" to arrestedf Simon, 72 and his wife, Brickell, 47.

Both were released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court in Connecticut today.

Brickell released a bluegrass album last year with Steve Martin and has toured with him.

The Black Keys announce SNL show

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – The Black Keys will return to "Saturday Night Live" for their third musical guest appearance on May 10. The program will be hosted by Charlize Theron and will feature songs from the duo's new album, "Turn Blue," due out the following Tuesday, May 13 on Nonesuch Records.

Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, "Turn Blue" comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single, "Fever."

The Black Keys will headline the Hangout Festival in Alabama on May 16 before embarking on a European festival tour this summer. Further U.S. dates will be announced soon.

"Turn Blue" was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. and Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound in Nashville earlier this year.

McCartney announces U.S. shows

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Paul McCartney announced his first stateside dates of 2014 today from his Out There tour with shows in New Orleans, Kentucky and New York.

In addition to his dates this month in Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and his return to Japan and first ever performance in Korea in May, McCartney confirmed the first four stops of an upcoming summer trek through North America:

On June 19, McCartney will return to New Orleans for the first time since his Driving USA Tour in 2002.

McCartney will play his first shows ever in Louisville, Ky. and Albany N.Y., respectively, June 26 at the Yum! Center and July 5 at the Times Union Center.

On July 7, McCartney returns to Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center for the first time since opening the arena with a pair of sold out shows Aug. 18-19, 2010.

McCartney's band will once again include "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums).

Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m.

White announces new disc, tour

Monday, April 7, 2014 – Jack White has announced his first headline dates in support of his new album "Lazaretto," out June 10 on Third Man Records/Columbia.

The shows will be White's first since his 2012 world tour supporting"Blunderbuss."

White will officially kick off the world tour on May 29 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. and continue with stops throughout North America, Europe and the United Kingdom including two-night-stands in White's native Detroit, Chicago and Paris, as well as the previously announced summer festival headline appearances.

The current run of shows wraps up in Canada, with an arena date at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and a headline slot at the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Montreal.

Kelley Stoltz will open from May 29-June 5. Benjamin Booker will support July 20-31.

Tickets go on-sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, April 11, at jackwhiteiii.com. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Third Man's Vault at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, April 9.

Tour dates are:
April 19: Third Man Records - Nashville, TN
May 29: Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK *
May 30: Wild West - Lubbock, TX *
May 31 -
June 1: Free Press Summer Festival - Houston, TX
June 2: Municipal Auditorium - Shreveport, LA *
June 3: Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, LA *
June 5: The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC *
June 7: Governors Ball - New York, NY
June 12 -
June 15: Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
June 25 -
June 29: Glastonbury - Somerset, England
June 26: Dublin, Ireland - Royal Hospital Kilmainham
June 29: L'Olympia - Paris, France
June 30: L'Olympia - Paris, France
July 3: Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 4: Open'er Festival - Gdynia, Poland
July 5: Eventim Apollo - London, England
July 19: Forecastle Festival - Louisville, KY
July 20: Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO +
July 21: Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI +
July 23: Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL +
July 24: Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL +
July 27: Stage AE Outdoors - Pittsburgh, PA +
July 28: Fox Theatre - Detroit, MI +
July 30: Masonic Temple Theatre - Detroit, MI +
July 31: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON +
Aug. 1-3: Osheaga Music & Arts Festival - Montreal, QC
* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker

Prior to the worldwide headline trek, White will commemorate Record Store Day (April 19), by recording, pressing and releasing what he says is the World's Fastest Released Record: a live version of the upcoming Lazaretto's title track recorded direct-to-acetate that morning in the blue room of White's Third Man Records in Nashville. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s to be slipped into sleeves and then whisked back to Third Man to be sold.

The Civil Wars' Williams, The National's Berninger turn it up on new song

Friday, April 4, 2014 – "Hush," a new song by Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, Matt Berninger of indie rock band The National and producer/writer Charlie Peacock, will be featured as the theme song for the new AMC drama "Turn."

The show premieres this Sunday at 9 a.m. eastern. In addition to creating the song with Williams and Berninger, Peacock produced the music for the title theme. Peacock also produced The Civili Wars.

"I've been a big fan of AMC for years," Williams said. "When I was filled in on the premise of 'Turn,' and when I saw the pilot in advance, I was hooked. I leapt at the chance to create something original, and I'm so glad I was able to collaborate with Charlie Peacock and Matt Berninger to contribute to this stellar show."

"I was excited about this show from the second I heard about it, so it was a big thrill when Joy asked me to help write the theme song," Berninger said.

New Michael Jackson disc coming in May

Monday, March 31, 2014 – A new Michael Jackson disc, "Xscape," will be out May 13 on Epic.

The disc of new songs is being put out in conjunction with Jackson's estate.

The CD will also be available in a deluxe edition, which includes all of the sourced Jackson recordings in their original form.

"Xscape" was executive produced by Epic Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson's archives by the estate, was granted unlimited access to the songs representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson's essence and integrity.

The lead producer was Timbaland with additional producers including Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain.

"Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world," said Reid. "Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."

Written and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, the title track was the one song on the album that was ‘contemporized' by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, "Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision."

Allmans postpone four NYC shows

Monday, March 24, 2014 – The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26, March 28 and March 29 in New York City as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis.

"As a result of Mr. Allman's illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire," the band said in a statement.

The band has played 10 of its 14 scheduled shows at the theatre.

All ticket holders should retain their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled engagements. Those ticket holders desiring refunds may obtain them from the original point of purchase.

GWAR lead singer dies at 50

Monday, March 24, 2014 – GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie was found dead at his home in Richmond, Va. on Sunday. He was 50 years old.

"It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014," his manager Jack Flanagan said in a statement. "His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963."

GWAR is a satirical thrash metal band formed in Richmond in 1984. The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances. Brockie played the role of Oderus Urungus.

Hynde releases non-solo solo album

Monday, March 24, 2014 – The Pretenders founder and leader, Chrissie Hynde will release "Stockholm," the first ever album under her own name, June 10 on Caroline Records in the U.S.

"It's the first album with my name on it," Hynde said. "But it's not a solo album. In fact, making this album was more of a collaboration than any Pretenders album ever was."

Recorded at Ingrid Studios in Stockholm with co-writer/guitarist Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John at the helm, the album features contributions from Neil Young, John McEnroe and Joakim Ahlund of The Caesars. The first single, "Dark Sunglasses," will go out instantly to all pre-orders on April 1.

"I wanted to make a power pop album you could dance to - Abba meets John Lennon," Hynde said.

"So much of rock n roll has become what I would call glory rock, with family values. It's the irreverence in rock that was always the turn-on. I disagree with people who say you shouldn't take yourself too seriously. I think life is serious, and you should take it seriously, but in rock n roll either have a fucking laugh or fuck off."

Songs are:
1. You Or No One
2. Dark Sunglasses
3. Like In The Movies
4. Down The Wrong Way
5. You're The One
6. A Plan Too Far
. In A Miracle
8. House Of Cards
9. Tourniquet (Cynthia Ann)
10. Sweet Nuthin
11. Adding The Blue

Pixies announce new CD, first since '91

Monday, March 24, 2014 – The Pixies will release "Indie Cindy," the band's first full studio album since 1991's "Trompe le Monde," in late April on the band's own Pixiesmusic.

The disc drops on April 23 in Japan, April 28 in UK/Europe/International and April 29 in North America.

"We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago," said Pixies drummer David Lovering. "New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out."

The 12 cuts on "Indie Cindy" were produced by Gil Norton, producer of the band's classic "Doolittle," "Bossanova" and "Trompe le Monde" albums, and recorded during October 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales.

The various packages feature a collection of brand new artwork by graphic artist Vaughan Oliver who created the artwork for all of Pixies' previous releases. The album is comprised of "Bagboy," the band's first new song in more than a decade, the eight tracks from the band's EP-1 and EP-2, released Sept. 3, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014 respectively, plus the three new tunes from the just-released EP-3 - all written by the Pixies - Black Francis/vocals, guitar; Joey Santiago/guitars; David Lovering/drums, backing vocals. With EP-1, EP-2 and now EP-3 having been available only in digital and limited-edition vinyl formats, "Indie Cindy" will mark the first time fans can have all of the new Pixies music in one collection.

Pixies are making Indie Cindy available in a selection of formats: a standard 12-track single-CD digipak with booklet; a two-disc, deluxe gatefold album, pressed on 180-gram vinyl; a standard 12-track digital download via iTunes, Amazon and other online retail sellers; and an expanded digital download exclusively through iTunes that includes a bonus live-in-concert 13-track set recorded during the band's recently-completed North American tour

Available at pixiesmusic.com, a special deluxe, limited edition (5,000) two-disc set (available as a CD and as a deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl) that includes the 13-track live disc will be available. This deluxe package also includes a 40-page, hard-back book that features the new artwork produced exclusively for "Indie Cindy." The CD limited edition is packaged in a special gold-foil hard slipcase.

After five studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993 and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally.

The band secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall 2012. Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something they'd never done.

The track listing is:
What Goes Boom
Greens and Blues
Indie Cindy
Magdalena 318
Silver Snail
Blue Eyed Hexe
Ring the Bell
Another Toe in the Ocean
Andro Queen
Jaime Bravo

Track listing for Live In The USA*:
Bone Machine
Magdalena 318
Indie Cindy
I've Been Tired
Head On
The Sad Punk
Distance Equals Rate Times Time
Something Against You
Isla de Encanta
Planet of Sound
* (with touring bassist Paz Lenchantin)

The Black Keys turn blue

Monday, March 24, 2014 – The Black Keys' new album, "Turn Blue," will be released May 13 on Nonesuch Records.

Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the disc features 11 new tracks including the first single, "Fever," which can now be heard at theblackkeys.com and YouTube.

The Black Keys will headline the Hangout Festival in Alabama on May 16 before embarking on a European festival tour this summer.

"Turn Blue" was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. and Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound in Nashville earlier this year.

"We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record - not repeat our previous work, but not abandon it either," Carney said. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear ‘Turn Blue'."

This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011's "El Camino," which went Platinum. The group won three Grammys - Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout disc "Brothers."

Songs are:
1. Weight of Love
2. In Time
3. Turn Blue
4. Fever
5. Year in Review
6. Bullet in the Brain
7. It's Up to You Now
8. Waiting on Words
9. 10 Lovers
10. In Our Prime
11. Gotta Get Away

Tour dates are:
May 16-18 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Fest
June 20 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
June 22 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 24 Zagreb, Croatia Inmusic Festival
June 27 St. Gallen, Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen (sold out)
June 28 Beuningen, Holland Down The Rabbit Hole
June 29 Glastonbury, U.K. Glastonbury
July 2 Gdansk, Poland Open'er Festival
July 4 Pas-de-Calais, France Main Square Festival
July 5 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Werchter
July 6 Belfort, France Les Eurockennes
July 8 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome
July 11 Lisboa, Portugal Optimus Alive
July 12 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao – BBK Live
July 15 Nîmes, France Festival de Nîmes
July 17 Les Vieilles Charrues, France Les Vieilles Charrues
July 20 Suffolk, U.K. Latitude Festival

Neil Young gets into digital business

Monday, March 10, 2014 – Neil Young is getting into the digital music business.

He announced the launch of PonoMusic music on Monday, a product long in the making.

The intent is to bring the "highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact," a press release said.

"It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market," said Young, founder and chairman of PonoMusic.

PonoMusic encompasses both an online music store (PonoMusic.com) and a playback device (ThePonoPlayer). The PonoPlayer will offer digital music from both major labels and independent labels, curated and archived for PonoMusic customers. The PonoMusic desktop media management application allows customers to download, manage and sync their music to theirPonoPlayer and other high-resolution digital music devices.

"We are excited to launch our Kickstarter campaign next week to invite music lovers everywhere to join thePonoMusic community and reserve a PonoPlayer for their own enjoyment," said John Hamm, CEO of PonoMusic.

The PonoPlayer is a portable, high-resolution digital-music player designed and engineered to allow consumers to experience studio master-quality digital music. The device also features an intuitive LCD touch screen interface. The audio technology was developed in conjunction with the engineering team at Ayre, in Boulder Col.

The player has 128GB of memory and can store 1,000 to 2,000 high-resolution digital-music albums. Memory cards can be used to store and play different playlists and additional collections of music. The PonoPlayer will be sold at PonoMusic.com for $399. The device can be bought at a discounted price on Kickstarter starting March 15.

Queen + Adam Lambert tour North America

Thursday, March 6, 2014 – Queen + Adam Lambert will tour North American this summer, starting June 19 in Chicago.

Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert will come together for the first time in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas and more. The 19-date tour wraps Sunday, July 20 in Washington, DC at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, their only outdoor summer concert.

Queen + Adam Lambert played at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last September, leading to a conversation between the three to tour.

The threesome first shared the stage during American Idol in May 2009 for a performance of "We Are The Champions." They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an eight-minute finale of "The Show Must Go On," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with Queen across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

"Let's rock those beautiful arenas just one more time," said May.

"I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon," said Lambert. "The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory; he's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display."

Lambert first gained acclaim on the eighth season of American Idol. He is currently writing and recording for his third album, which will be released this year.

Tour dates are:
June 19 Chicago United Center
June 21 Winnipeg MTS Centre
June 23 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
June 24 Edmonton Rexall Place
June 26 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
June 28 Vancouver Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 1 San Jose SAP Center
July 3 Los Angeles The Forum
July 5 Las Vegas The Joint
July 6 Las Vegas The Joint
July 9 Houston Toyota Center
July 10 Dallas American Airlines Center
July 12 Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 13 Toronto Air Canada Centre
July 14 Montreal Bell Centre
July 16 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
July 17 New York Madison Square Garden
July 19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion

Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, March 14 through the Live Nation mobile app and at Livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. local time in the U.S. and Tuesday March 11 at 10 a.m. local time in Canada.

Cave & The Bad Seeds announce openers

Monday, March 3, 2014 – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, launching a summer tour in June and July, starting with Bonnaroo, announced today Warpaint, Reggie Watts, Mark Lanegan, Nicole Atkins, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Devendra Banhart will open selected dates.

An additional Vancouver date at the Orpheum Theatre on July 1 has been added with tickets going on sale this Friday.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will also make its debut on Austin City Limits, filming a July 20 performance to air fall 2014 as a part of Austin City Limits' 40th Anniversary Season.

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, will host a series of special advance screenings of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's portrait of Cave's creative process "20,000 Days On Earth" to coincide with Cave's tour. A larger scale traditional theatrical release will follow in early fall. The film made its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded both Best Directing and Best Editing awards in the World Documentary category.

Tour dates are:
June 6 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 16 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre - with Warpaint
June 18 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre - with Warpaint
June 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Theatre - with Warpaint
June 21 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre SOLD OUT
June 24 - Denver, CO - The Buell Theatre
June 27 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - with Reggie Watts SOLD OUT
June 28 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - with Reggie Watts SOLD OUT
June 30 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre - with Mark Lanegan SOLD OUT
July 1 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre - with Mark Lanegan ON SALE FRI 10AM (PST)
July 2 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre - with Mark Lanegan
July 5 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - with Mark Lanegan SOLD OUT
July 7 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre - with Mark Lanegan SOLD OUT
July 8 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium - with Warpaint
July 19 - Austin, TX - ACL Live @ Moody Theater - with Nicole Atkins SOLD OUT
July 21 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater - with Nicole Atkins
July 23 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall - with Nicole Atkins
July 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center - with Kurt Vile and the Violators & Nicole Atkins
July 26 - New York, NY - Prospect Park - with Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins
July 29 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theater - with Nicole Atkins
July 31 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre - with Nicole Atkins

Coldplay announces new CD for May

Monday, March 3, 2014 – Coldplay will release its sixth album, "Ghost Stories," via Parlophone/Atlantic Records on May 19.

A deluxe CD edition of the album featuring three bonus tracks will be available exclusively from Target. The album is the first for the British band since 2011's "Mylo Xyloto."

The first single is "Magic," which can also be streamed at youtube.com/coldplay.

CD songs are:
1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
6. Another's Arms
7. Oceans
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
9. O

Coldplay will headline opening night of the first U.S. iTunes Festival at SXSW on March 11. The performance will stream live and on-demand worldwide for free via the iTunes Store.

McLachlan Shines On with new tour, CD

Monday, March 3, 2014 – Sarah McLachlan today announced concert dates for the Shine On Tour 2014. The national tour will kick off on June 20 in Seattle, ending Aug. 3 in Dallas.

The tour coincides with McLachlan's forthcoming new album "Shine On," out May 6 on Verve Records. The disc is her first in four years. The new album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with McLachlan's longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand as well as Bob Rock and Vincent Jones.

McLachlan has sold more than 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner (Canada) and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10x-Platinum "Surfacing," contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: "Building a Mystery" and "Last Dance." She founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians, raising more than $7 million for local and national charities over its three years and in 2002 founded her non-profit organization the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. The school provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming.

McLachlan will also return to "Live in The Vineyard" this April for an exclusive concert appearance. "Live In The Vineyard" is a private three-day festival amidst the lush scenery of boutique wineries in California's Napa Valley.

Tour dates are:
June 20 Seattle Chateau St. Michelle
June 22 Portland, OR Edgefield
June 24 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena @ Harvey's
June 25 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
June 27 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
June 28 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
July 2 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 3 Kansas City Starlight Amphitheatre
July 5 Chicago Ravinia
July 6 St. Louis Fox Theatre
July 8 Minneapolis State Theatre
July 9 Milwaukee Riverside Theatre
July 11 Cincinnati PNC Pavilion
July 12 Detroit Meadowbrook Music Festival
July 13 Toledo, OH Zoo Amphitheatre
July 14 Lewiston, NY Artpark
July 16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga PAC
July 18 Bangor, ME Waterfront Pavilion
July 19 Boston Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 22 New York City Beacon Theatre
July 24 Philadelphia Mann Center
July 26 Vienna, VA The Filene Center @ Wolf Trap
July 27 Charlottesville, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion
July 29 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
July 30 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Aug. 1 New Orleans Saenger Theatre
Aug. 2 Austin ACL Live @ The Moody Theatre
Aug. 3 Dallas AT&T Opera House

Eno, Hyde team up

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Brian Eno and Karl Hyde joined forces to release "Someday World" this May on Warp Records

The disc includes nine songs, composed and sung by Eno and Hyde together. Hyde is a member of British electronic group Underworld. Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro helping out.

The release was produced by Eno with 22 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Hyde and Eno.

"A lot of the nicer cities I know are cities built on hills, and the cities are beautiful because the buildings have a challenge to adapt to," Eno said. "They have to mould themselves around the geology that they've formed upon. And that always makes for very interesting buildings because they can't just be blocks, they have to somehow morph around the environment. A lot of the constructions on the album were deliberately irregular and awkward."

"I had a big collection of 'beginnings' sitting around waiting for something to galvanize them into life, to make them more than just 'experiments'. That something turned out to be Karl Hyde," he said.

"It's a bit like being nine years old again," Hyde said. "You have no idea what you've just been given, the record button has been pressed and you're on. And then these unlikely patterns start to happen. The biggest surprise was discovering we both had a love of Afrobeat, Cyclical music based in live playing. When Brian played me these early tracks it was, 'Oh my god, this is home! Can I borrow a guitar?"

"Someday World" will be out as a special edition two- CD set with four bonus songs), CD, double gatefold LP and digital formats.

Songs are:
1. The Satellites
2. Daddy's Car
3. A Man Wakes Up
4. Witness
5. Strip It Down
6. Mother Of A Dog
7. Who Rings The Bell
8. When I Built This World
9. To Us All

Green Day gets "Demolicious"

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Green Day will release "Demolicious," a collection of 18 demos recorded at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, Cal. in 2012 during the sessions for the band's "Green Day ¡Uno!," "Green Day ¡Dos!" and "Green Day ¡Tré!" album trilogy - in conjunction with Record Store Day on April 19.

The two-disc set will be released on red or clear vinyl and will also be available on CD and cassette.

"Demolicious" includes a previously unreleased track, "State of Shock," and an acoustic version of "Stay The Night" from "Green Day ¡Uno!."

Leon Russell announces new disc

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – Leon Russell will release a new CD, "Life Journey," via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), on April 1, the day before his 72nd birthday.

The disc features originals and Russell's turns on classics. Recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios, the album is produced by Tommy LiPuma and executive produced by Elton John, with whom Russell most recently collaborated for 2010's "The Union."

"This is a record of my musical journey through life," Russell writes in a package essay for "Life Journey. " "It reflects pieces of things that I have done and things I never did, for one reason or another."

The Lawton, Okla. native's new original songs are "Big Lips," a boisterous romp built around his vocals and piano, with Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums, Willie Weeks on bass and Chris Simmons on slide guitar, and "Down In Dixieland." The album-closing ode to Louisiana Dixieland jazz features Russell's vocals and piano leading a parade of horns arranged and conducted by John Clayton, including Ira Nepus on trombone, Darrell Leonard on trumpet and flugelhorn, and James Gordon on clarinet, as well as Laboriel Jr., Weeks and Simmons.

Russell celebrates the songs of 10 other writers, opening with Robert Johnson's "Come On In My Kitchen," Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell's "Georgia On My Mind," Haven Gillespie and Beasley Smith's "That Lucky Old Sun," John Davenport and Eddie Cooley's "Fever," Mike Reid's "Think Of Me," Duke Ellington and Paul Francis Webster's "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good," Herb Magidson and Allie Wrubel's "The Masquerade Is Over" (featuring a lush orchestral arrangement), Paul Anka's "I Really Miss You," Billy Joel's "New York State Of Mind" and Johnny Fuller, Robert L. Geddins, and David Rosenbaum's "Fool's Paradise."

Songs are:
1. Come On In My Kitchen
2. Big Lips
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. That Lucky Old Sun
5. Fever
6. Think Of Me
7. I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good
8. The Masquerade Is Over
9. I Really Miss You
10. New York State Of Mind
11. Fool's Paradise
12. Down In Dixieland

Avenged Sevenfold hits the road

Monday, February 17, 2014 – Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road in North America for the "Shepherd of Fire Tour," based on the band's single of the same name, in April and May.

The tour, which kicks off on April 12 in British Columbia, will hit arenas in the U.S. and Canada. The band will also headline the U.S. rock festivals, Carolina Rebellion, Rise Above Fest and Rock on The Range.

Avenged Sevenfold will be joined by Hellyeahon the Shepherd of Fire Tour as support.

Tour dates are:
April 12 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre
April 13 Prince George, BC CN Centre
April 16 Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
April 17 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
April 19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
April 21 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
April 23 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
April 25 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
April 26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
April 28 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
April 30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
May 02 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 03 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 04 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
May 06 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
May 08 Hershey, PA Giant Center
May 10 Bangor, ME Rise Above Fest
May 11 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
May 13 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
May 15 Syracuse, NY Oncenter Complex
May 17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range

Ke$ha postpones more tour dates

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – Ke$ha is postponing more tour dates for continued substance abuse treatments.

"Ke$sha egrets to inform her fans that she must postpone her previously scheduled March & April tour dates," her publicist said in a statement. "Ke$ha has made the decision to remain committed to her ongoing treatment and will not be able to perform at the previously announced headlining shows."

"I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my Doctor's advice and get my health back on track. All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn't have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour."

Fans who have already purchased tickets should consult their local box office for refund information.

Ward goes for Last Love Tour

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – ZZ Ward is kicking off her ‘Last Love' headline tour in late February with a hometown show in Philadelphia and culminate with two performances at this year's Coachella Music Festival April 11 and 18 alongside Outkast, The Replacements and Broken Bells.

Direct support on the Last Love Tour will be indie-popsters Grizfolk with a third opener to be announced shortly.

Touring in support of her debut album "Til The Casket Drops," Ward is readying her third single "Last Love Song," following the rousing first single "Put The Gun Down" and "365 Days." Penned by Ward, and produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle, Ward said, "I had written so many songs about this one guy, almost an entire album, so I vowed that this would be the last song I would ever write about him."

Tour dates are:
Feb. 28 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts
March 1 Baltimore MD Ram's Head
March 2 Boston MA Paradise
March 4 Norfolk VA NorVa
March 5 Charlotte NC Visulite
March 6 Charleston SC Music Farm
March 7 Orlando FL The Social
March 10 Mobile AL Soul Kitchen
March 12 New Orleans, LA House of Blues – Parish
March 18 St. Louis MO Plush
March 19 Louisville KY Headliners Music Hall
March 21 Madison WI Majestic Theatre
March 22 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
March 23 Chicago IL House of Blues
March 25 Columbus OH A&R Music Bar
March 26 Kansas City MO Midland Theatre
March 27 Omaha NE The Waiting Room
March 29 Salt Lake City UT In The Venue
April 1 Seattle WA Neptune
April 2 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom
April 3 Boise ID Knitting Factory
April 5 Lake Tahoe NV Harrah's
April 6 San Francisco CA The Independent
April 8 Sacramento CA The Assembly
April 9 Fresno CA Strummer's
April 11, 18 Indio Coachlla Festival

Neon Trees announces new disc

Monday, January 13, 2014 – p Neon Trees today announced its third studio album, "Pop Psychology," out April 22 on Island Def Jam.

On Friday, the album's first single "Sleeping With A Friend" premiered at Rolling Stone and is now available for streaming.

The disc was recorded throughout 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, and Provo, Utah and was produced and mixed by Tim Pagnotta, who also produced the band's hits "Animal" and "Everybody Talks."

Lead singer Tyler Glenn said of "Pop Psychology," "The album is so special to me personally because it basically started from a place where I was broken and uninterested in anything to do with music. I had reached a breaking point. For me, this record is a celebration, a cry for help, an admission of self doubt, and a revelation of self acceptance. At the very least, it's a pop record, and to me the purest example of the sound of Neon Trees."

Neon Trees will kick off 2014 on Thursday with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallo nfollowed by a performance the next morning on Today. On Jan. 22, they'll return to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This spring Neon Trees will hit the road for a headlining North American tour. Dates to be announced shortly.

The CD is the follow up to band's 2012 release "Picture Show," which featured the RIAA platinum single "Everybody Talks." Neon Trees' debut album, "Habits," was released in 2010 and featured the platinum smash single "Animal."

From Provo, Utah, Neon Trees is Glenn (lead vocals, keys) Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals).

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