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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams

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Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are soaring high with the release of the band’s second album on Friday. “Tearing at the Seams” epitomizes the soulful rhythm and blues sound with its collection of roadhouse retro tunes. For years, the American singer-songwriter was on his own trying to make it as a solo artist. Rateliff’s career took off when he moved away from his traditional folksy sound and began a collaboration with local Colorado artists to form the breakthrough music now known as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

The surprise hit of the debut self-titled album featured catchy songs and a unique sound that launched the band into the booming indie music scene and they haven’t looked back since. With “Tearing the Seams”, the band begins to explore a more upbeat sound with tunes like “Shoe Boot”. “You Worry Me” solidifies its place as the album’s standout song using a unique guitar rhythm to lead into Rateliff’s vocals building into an unyielding anthem crescendo. Rateliff backs off the big sounds with the breezy piano sounds featured in the melodic “Say It Louder”.

Rateliff’s love and respect for artist Leonard Cohen are evident throughout the album as he is able to seamlessly interject lyrics reminiscent of Cohen’s artistic vibe. The band explores a bit of a country sound with the melancholy pedal steel guitar and horns prominently featured on “Hey Mama.” Those familiar with Rateliff’s upbringing will certainly see the parallels in this song about a mother and son relationship.

In addition to the husky soulfulness of Rateliff’s voice, The Night Sweats also feature Joseph Pope III on bass, Patrick Meese on drums, and Mark Shusterman on keyboards.

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.

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.”

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.

Pearl Jam Debuts New Protest Song

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It’s been more than five years since Pearl Jam released their “Lightning Bolt” LP. That was their last original music…until now. On bassist Jeff Ament’s 55th birthday, the band released “Can’t Deny Me” as a special treat.

It debuted first on Sirius XM’S Pearl Jam Radio as a gift for the members of the Ten Club — an exclusive group for Pearl Jam’s most loyal fans. For a yearly fee, members gain early access to new tracks, exclusive magazines, and special discounts.

With its staccato beat and scathing, politically charged lyrics, the new song isn’t subtle. It’s a familiar sound that should appeal to old fans as well as potential fans who are frustrated with the current political climate. The artwork for the song keeps to the protest theme, with scenes of a crowd marching and a woman holding a protest sign with the track’s name written on it.

It’s been a busy few years for Pearl Jam. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Eddie Vedder stopped by an episode of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival to perform “Out of Sand,” a melancholy new solo track that looks back at the passage of time.

Mike McCready has been busy as well. Pearl Jam’s lead guitar player wrote the score for “Sadie,” a film about a young girl coping with her military father’s absence.

The band, one of the biggest in the world in the 1990s, is still going strong with live performances. Many of their South American tour dates are sold out. This summer, they head from South America to Europe before coming back to the States for a completely sold-out tour.

Spotify to Be Publicly Traded

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Spotify, the streaming music giant, is preparing to go public. The company recently filed their initial public offering (IPO) for $1 billion to be a part of the action on the New York Stock Exchange. While investors will likely be rushing to obtain a part of this very popular stock, the actual company isn’t so popular with many artists and songwriters. They have quite the varied opinion of the Swedish company, valued at $19 billion. The company’s structure compensates artists with royalties where the more popular artists receive the greatest payments. Many older and less known artists don’t receive as much compensation and generally dislike this structure. However, those artists at the top have little to complain about as they can see massive payments. Spotify pays about $7 for every 1,000 songs that are streamed. This accounts for quite a payday for top artists. For example, Ed Sheeran accumulated 6.3 billion streams in 2017 for a nice payment of more than $44 million. On the other hand, David Crosby, a veteran rock artist, accumulated 2.2 million streams for his “Lighthouse” album in 2016, and he didn’t receive any compensation. Again, this is due to the unique structure.

 

Regardless of opinions, the company will likely continue to see a stream of income. Estimates indicate that Spotify could make about $23 billion due to the IPO. Record labels would see dividends as well with top labels such as Sony Entertainment, Warner, and Universal estimated to receive about $1 billion each. Record labels also use their company’s unique structure to determine payment which, again, usually goes more towards the popular artist. These industry-leading labels have confirmed that the earning would be shared with their artists. Perhaps at least the record labels will treat artists fairly or maybe not.

Long Albums in the Music Industry are Now Trending

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Unless you’re living under a rock, then you’ve noticed that there’s a new trend in the music industry. Albums are becoming insanely long. The number of tracks, and consequently the album lengths, are something that music lovers have long dreamed of. From Migos’ “Culture II” containing 24 tracks lasting one hour and 46 minutes to Chris Brown’s “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” containing an astounding 45 tracks lasting two hours and 38 minutes, fans are getting more for their money. Or are they?

It’s becoming evident that artists are utilizing a greater number of songs on albums as a way to boost numbers that lead to album certifications and placements on the music charts. Billboard and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) both use particular criteria to determine qualification. This process has become more complicated now that streaming has become popular. This is where the strategy behind these super-long albums comes into play. To count as an album sale by Billboard and the RIAA, there must be one album purchased, 10 songs downloaded or 1,500 songs streamed. Since users streaming songs even count when the platform is ad-supported and not requiring the user to pay for the service, essentially everyone can take part in an artist’s album sale figures. Artists are maximizing their resources and they can see dividends as it’s well-known that an artist’s worth is often determined by how many times they’ve had a number-one hit and the number of gold and platinum certifications received. So sorry fans if you thought your favorite artist was trying to give you more bang for your buck. Even though they’ll get the highly-coveted figures, you’ll still get a load of music. So I’d call this a win-win.