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Slayer Announces New Docuseries Covering Band’s Entire History

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Many fans of the musical genre heavy metal know quite a bit about the band Slayer. For decades, Slayer has become one of the most popular heavy metal bands throughout the world. As Slayer is working on their recently announced final tour as a band, they are also planning on releasing a documentary series. This series will present documentary footage and interviews amassed throughout Slayer’s almost 40-year history as a band.

Throughout their years as a band, members of Slayer have amassed quite the large following of fans. Many fans are planning on seeing Slayer as they kick off their final tour that starts in May. Rolling Stone reports that Slayer’s final tour will also feature Lamb of God and Anthrax.

Slayer fans will be happy to know that this band plans on releasing an upcoming documentary series that starts by focusing on their early days together. That being said, there will be future releases of this series that look to focus on the entire history of this band. The upcoming first part of this series will focus heavily on how members of Slayer came together to form what would become one of the most well-known heavy metal bands of all time.

To summarize, Slayer has made quite a few major announcements recently. While many were sad to hear that this band is planning to begin their last tour, there is a new documentary about Slayer for fans to be excited about. This documentary will cover the entire history of Slayer, from their early days up to the present times which spans nearly 40 years. Fans of Slayer can currently catch them on their final tour which is set to begin May 10th as they travel throughout North America.

Bon Iver and The National to Headline Mo Pop Festival

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Detroit is one of the most important music cities in the United States. The city is the birthplace of Motown and techno music, and it also play a big role in the popularization of hip-hop and rap. Despite its importance in music history, Detroit lacked an extremely successful music festival for many years. That is all about to change thanks to the maturation of Mo Pop Festival.

Mo Pop Festival started as a small one-day event in 2013, but it is quickly growing into one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. The creators of the festival just announced the lineup for this year’s event, and it is going to make a lot of music fans very happy.

Indie rock icons Bon Iver and The National are set to headline Mo Pop this year. Bon Iver rarely plays festivals, so it is major news every time he shows up on a lineup. In addition these great headliners, there are also several other high-profile acts on the lineup. These top artists include St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Vince Staples, Highly Suspect and Brockhampton.

The 2018 Mo Pop Festival will be held in Detroit’s West Waterfront Park on July 28 and 29. This beautiful 20-acre park is the perfect place to see some of the hottest acts in music. There will also be a lot to do at Mo Pop besides enjoying the great music. The festival grounds will have a Nerf gun course, craft bazaar, arcade and a large selection of Detroit’s best food trucks.

Tickets for Mo Pop Festival go on sale on Friday, March 9, at 10 AM CST. Single-day tickets will be available for $75. Weekend passes are only $99.50. Ticket prices will go up closer to the event, so you may want to buy your tickets early.

Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced

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The winter season is rapidly coming to end, which means that it is time to think about enjoying beautiful weather while listening to great music at a huge festival. A new music festival is announcing their lineup almost every week right now, and the latest announcement just came from the iconic Beale Street Music Festival.

 

The Beale Street Music Festival takes place at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis from May 4th-6th. While this is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States, it is just a small part of the month-long Memphis in May International Festival. Memphis is known for being one of the best music cities in the country, which has helped the Beale Street Music Festival secure one of the most impressive lineups of 2018.

 

The festival will feature headlining performances from Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Odesza and Erykah Badu. These amazing headliners are accompanied by a long list of critically-acclaimed artists including Alanis Morrissette, David Byrne, The Flaming Lips, Post Malone, Franz Ferdinand, Vance Joy, Logic and Incubis. More than 60 artists will perform over the three days of the festival, so there is guaranteed to be something for every music fan.

 

Tickets for the Beale Street Music Festival can be purchased right now. It will cost $125 before taxes and fees for a three-day pass to the festival. One-day passes are currently available for $55. A daily lineup has already been released to help you make a decision on which day to attend. A VIP experience is also available for $595 that includes free drinks, snacks and premium views at all four stages. These ticket prices will only last until the end of April, so you will want to get them as soon as possible.

Iconic Album Cover Designer Gary Burden, 84, has died

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Graphic designer Gary Burden, who designed classic rock album covers including Neil Young’s 1974 “On the Beach,” has died at age 84, Young announced on his Archive website March 10.

No cause of death was given.

Grammy Award-winner Burden, who Young also said was his longtime friend, also conceived and designed covers for the Doors’ “Morrison Hotel,” Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Deja Vu” and Rickie Lee Jones’ “The Devil You Know.”

Young said he and Burden were longtime collaborators, and several of his unreleased albums will have covers designed by the artist.

From his first covers in 1968–for the Mamas and Papas, Steppenwolf and Richard Harris–through more recent designs for My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk, Burden’s work is a who’s who of folk and rock albums through the decades that would be instantly recognizable to music fans.

Young writes about his work with Burden on the cover for “On the Beach” in his 2012 autobiography “Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream.”

The cover, which Burden has said was his favorite, sets a beach umbrella and chairs in a kitchy pose in the sand, with the tail fin of a yellow Cadillac buried nearby. A newspaper headline refers to President Nixon, a theme carried through in one of the album’s songs. Critics have cited Neville Shute’s 1958 novel “On the Beach” and Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” as influences.

Burden’s life journey took him from the Marine Corps to the San Francisco beatnik scene to architectural design studies at UC Berkeley. He designed a house for Mama Cass Elliott, who suggested he design album covers.

He also worked in stage design and directed music videos.

Sade Announces Relase of First Song in Nearly a Decade

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Sade was one of the most well-known female vocalists throughout the 1980s. Many remember Sade’s string of well-known hits including Smooth Operator, Your Love is King and No Ordinary Love. Sade would go on to enjoy success throughout the 1990s and into most of the 2000s. After she released her 2010 album Soldier of Love, fans weren’t sure if they would ever hear any new songs by Sade in the future. Fortunately, many in the music community were shocked and delighted that Sade is planning to release a new song.

This song will be released on the soundtrack for the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time. This film is gathering quite a bit of acclaim after the cast was recently revealed. A Wrinkle in Time will star major superstars including Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. In addition, this film is notable as it is the first time an African-American female will direct a mainstream film with a budget of over $100 million.

That being said, film and television superstars aren’t only attached to this project as there are a large number of major musical acts signing on for the soundtrack to this movie. The Guardian reports that A Wrinkle in Time’s soundtrack will feature musicians including DJ Khaled, Sia, and Demi Lovato.

To summarize, music superstar Sade recently announced that will be releasing a new song. This is major news within the music community as this singer has not released any new content in over 8 years. The official song that Sade plans to release will be a composition titled “Flower of the Universe.” It is currently unknown if this new release is any indicator that Sade plans to announce a new tour or album in the near future.

Robert Plant Explains Reluctance for Led Zeppelin Reunion

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Legendary British rock star Robert Plant is once again making headlines around the world. This time, the 69-year-old singer-songwriter is in the news for expressing his reluctance to reunite Led Zeppelin, his most famous act. In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Plant was firm in his view that Led Zeppelin remain in the past. Instead, Plant plans on releasing new songs with his current band, the Sensational Space Shifters. Plant notes to Esquire, “Led Zeppelin was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That’s not going to stop me doing what I’m doing now.”

Plant also revealed that he sees the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham as the natural end for the band, saying “Thirty-eight years ago John Bonham passed away, that’s all I know. That’s it.” While Plant’s comments are sure to disappoint Led Zeppelin fans, his reluctance towards reuniting the band has remained consistent since Bonham’s death in 1980. While Plant has reunited with surviving bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on numerous occasions, notably at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007, he nonetheless sees his time with Led Zeppelin as something that should be relegated to the past. Rather than focusing on Led Zeppelin’s storied history, Plant intends to concentrate on new material and enjoying his golden years. Plant notes that as he and most of his bandmates are approaching their seventies, it’s time to slow down and enjoy their lives. Despite no new reunion, fans can still enjoy Led Zeppelin’s renowned catalog, including favorites such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Kashmir,” and “Ramble On.”

Sade Makes Comeback on Soundtrack for Upcoming Film Co-Starring Oprah Winfrey

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It’s been eight years since Sade seemingly disappeared from the limelight, and fans have been waiting for a comeback ever since. The singer-songwriter was asked to contribute to the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “A Wrinkle in Time” which includes co-stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.

Sade’s last recorded album was “Soldier of Love” and was released worldwide in 2010. It was her sixth studio album and the first album that included new music in ten years. The album debuted at number 11 which made it the highest debut on the Urban Hot AC Chart in the same decade.

Sade was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and began as a background singer for the group named Pride. In 1983, she formed her own band and released the debut album “Your Love is King” in February 1984 which later rose to become a top 10 hit.

The chosen title for Sade’s new single is “Flower of the Universe” and will be part of a soundtrack that includes music by artists like DJ Khaled, Demi Lavato, Sia, and Beyonce’. The composition was completed by Ramin Djawadi who is best known for being the composer of the score for the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones.

A Wrinkle in Time was directed by Ava DuVernay, making her the first woman of color to ever be selected to direct an action film which had a production budget that exceeded $100 million. When she spoke on Twitter about the choice to have Sade on the soundtrack, DuVernay wrote: “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind [and] giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song…And it’s a dream come true.”

The Disney film will be released in theaters nationwide on March 9, 2018.

Carole King’s Personal Piano Up for Auction

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The piano has always been a part of singer-songwriter Carole King’s legacy, and now a lucky bidder can share a part of that legacy. King’s 1924 Model M Steinway will be auctioned April 20 in New York City as part of Exceptional Sale at Christie’s.
The mahogany piano, which King used to compose several songs, is featured on the cover of her albums “Music” (1971) and “Sweet Seasons” (also 1971).
King, who first sat at a piano at age 4 and began composing hits at age 17 with her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, is celebrated in the Broadway musical “Beautiful.”
From the first King-Goffin hits such as the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” through King’s songs that she performed, including “It’s Too Late,” (“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “So Far Away,” they were the soundtrack of a generation.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opened in January 2014 and features dozens of hits. It was a 2015 Grammy award winner for Best Musical Theater Album.
Chilina Kennedy, who plays King in “Beautiful,” said her music is typical of the collaborative spirit of artists in the 1960s and ’70s. King typified that collaborative spirit with “You’ve Got a Friend,” a song she gifted to the young, relatively unknown James Taylor, who made it an iconic hit.
Christie’s Exceptional Sales are dedicated to pop culture icons; previous sales have included a World War II airplane and an original Apple computer.
The piano’s estimated value is $40,000 to $60,000. King is selling it because she is also selling her Idaho ranch to downsize, Architectural Digest said.

Cranberries to Release New Album, 25th Anniversary Project

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Irish indie-rock band The Cranberries continue to work on two projects, a new album and a 25th anniversary re-release of their debut album, following the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, the band announced.
O’Riordan had recorded vocals for tracks and emailed them to guitarist Noel Hogan three days before her death.
The band said March 7 that the album, The Cranberries’ first in six years, has been in the works since last year.
The 25th anniversary project, a reissue of “Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We,” will include remastered tracks as well as previously unreleased songs, the band announced on its website.
Band members in addition to Hogan are Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor.
They have not yet revealed anything about what the new songs might be like.
The band formed in Limerick City, Ireland, in 1990 and sold over 40 million albums, with hits including “Linger,” “How,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.”
The most recent album, in 2017, was “Something Else,” which included covers of hits recorded with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. It offered a take on the classics that was more acoustic than rock, as well as three new songs.
While the Cranberries, especially O’Riordan, gave young women a voice that was fragile, but was also “both beautiful and fierce,” according to The New York Times, their Irishness has also helped to define them, particularly after “Zombie,” a 1993 protest song written about two young victims of an IRA bombing.
O’Riordan, 46, was found dead in her hotel room Jan. 15 in London. A studio session had been booked for that day. No cause of death has been released. Authorities said it was not suspicious, but no official ruling is expected to be announced until April.

Set to Release First Album in Ten Years, The Breeders Debut New Track

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For those who have been hoping that alternative rock is on the verge of making a big comeback, the release of a new single by the Breeders should be very encouraging. The track, called “Nervous Mary,” will be part of “All Nerve,” the band’s first album in a decade.

 

While the alt-rock group has an inconsistent history in terms of membership and frequency of new releases, it does have a ton of lasting respect based on its pedigree and memorable songs.

 

Formed in 1989, the Breeders features Kim Deal from the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. Over the past nearly thirty years, only Deal has been with the group for the entire time.

 

Working with legendary producer Steve Albini, the band released the album “Pod” in 1990, which received critical acclaim. While the album was not commercially successful, it has grown more significant over time. Deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain cited it as one of his favorite records.

 

In 1993, the Breeders released “Last Splash,” which featured a massive hit in “Cannonball.” During this time, Kim Deal added her identical twin sister Kelley to the band. The Breeders toured with Nirvana, played Lollapalooza, and secured a platinum certification.

 

After Kelley Deal got tangled up in drug-related problems in 1995, the Breeders went on hiatus. They did not reemerge until 2001 when they released “Title TK.” Following another dormant period, the group released “Mountain Battles” in 2008, only to go quiet again.

 

“All Nerve” is significant because it is their first album since “Last Splash” that features this exact lineup of musicians.

 

“Nervous Mary” is a particularly interesting track because it is unusually haunting and dark. Hardcore fans as well as those who only really know “Cannonball” will recognize the sound, and time will soon tell if the Breeders are part of an alt-rock comeback.