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Neil Young’s “Paradox” and Other New Albums Get The Thumbs-Up From Rolling Stone

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Being a longtime fan of Neil Young’s music, I’m glad to hear that the legendary rocker has released a new album titled “Paradox.” Because I wanted to learn more about the album, I just went to the Rolling Stone website, where I found an article that provides useful information about “Paradox.”

In addition to providing a brief overview of the new Neil Young work, the Rolling Stone article that I just read offers short descriptions of new albums by nine other musical artists.

The selection of songs on the new Neil Young album is described as “diverse,” with a small amount of melody and a lot of casual guitar lines present.

An album titled “Twenty-two In Blue” by a trio from Brooklyn named Sunflower Bean gets a good review in the article, as does the new “Ceremony of Dreams” album from the 1970s jazz ensemble Entourage.

The always-creative Jack White has just released a new album titled “Boarding House Reach.” According to Rolling Stone, the album is an expansive, rocking collection of tunes that is “spiritually hungry and collectively driven,” among other things.

A new album named “Space Gun” by the indie-rock band Guided By Voices features the band’s ‘classic’ 1990s lineup of members, and leader Robert Pollard’s recent songwriting gets a thumbs-up from Rolling Stone.

The Messthetics are a rock trio from the D.C. area whose new, self-titled album is recommended by Rolling Stone, as is the debut solo effort from Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards rock band.

Rolling Stone is always a good source of information about the latest releases in the music world, and I’m glad that I learned about all of these other new releases when I was originally looking up the new Neil Young album.

Frances Bean Cobain Previews First Original Song

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Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of legendary Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and grunge rocker Courtney Love, released a preview of her first original song. Posted on Instagram, the preview was released on the 24th anniversary of her father’s death. In the brief clip, Cobain sings in a flexible, powerful voice, showing the full range of her vocal potential. Beginning with a quieter, more solemn style, as the video goes on, Cobain sings in a more emotive, urgent tone. The clip is presented without instrumental accompaniment.

While the subject of the song is not readily apparent, reviewers believe it is about her father given the timing of the release on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The elder Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when Frances was only a year old. Religious themes are also present in the clip, with Cobain singing, “I think I saw you when I was small/I think I found you, a penny for your good thoughts/ I think I found you, Jesus hangs in your place on the cross.” Prior to the release of this clip, Cobain has never shared any original songs she has worked on, although she has posted clips of her singing covers of songs by other artists, notably Jimmy Eat World and Leonard Cohen.

Cobain first mentioned an interest in writing original songs in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone. Cobain confessed that writing original content seemed like a daunting task, but that the hardest part was finding the creativity and ambition to actually begin the writing process. Cobain echoed these same sentiments in a caption with her Instagram post, telling fans that she does not have a TV in her house to avoid anything that might distract her from her music. In addition to her aspiring music career, Cobain is also a well known artist and designer.

From Struggles to Fame Kelly Clarkson is Confident on The Voice and New Album

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It’s been 16 years since Kelly Clarkson’s memorable audition for American Idol, which she later went on to win. Kelly is now one of the four judges on the popular singing competition show, The Voice. With eight hit albums a decade and a half later, Kelly has made her presence known in the music industry as a fierce, confident and enormously talented singer-songwriter. However, the road to her stardom and fame has not come without a few obstacles along the way.

Kelly clashed over creative differences with her first record label, RCA. During a time when record executives were trying to use the looks of a woman rather than their music-talent, Kelly found herself having to defend her position to be treated as an artist as opposed to a sex object. Kelly recalls saying to executives, “I have one life and I don’t want to live it like this, and it’s cool if you feel like my ship is sinking, but I just want to make sure I’m at the helm, that if I’m going to go down, it’s because of [me].” Throughout her entire music career, Kelly has refused to compromise her integrity and convictions as an artist, or as a human. It’s important for her to remain true to the songs that she sings and represent them in an authentic way.

Kelly contributes a lot of her success to the struggles that she’s had to endure on her rise to fame. At one point, she was living in her car after her apartment caught fire while living in Los Angeles. By the time she auditioned for American Idol, Kelly felt as though there was nothing to lose and felt her strength and courage during those moments. Her biggest influence is Aretha Franklin, the unofficially titled “Queen of Soul.” Kelly says, “Aretha is a flawless vocalist.”

Kelly’s newest album, “Meaning of Life” was released in 2017 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number two. She has reached number one on the Billboard 200 more than 100 times throughout her career with over 25 million albums and 36 million singles sold worldwide.

Eminem’s Newly Released Single Reworked to Address Gun Violence

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In recent years, rapper Eminem has become increasingly political in his music to address current events from his fascinating point of view. Now he has taken an interesting step in this vein. He has released a new studio version of an existing track from his 2017 album “Revival” that now includes a verse addressing the issue of guns in schools.

At the recent iHeartRadio Awards, the artist formerly known as Marshall Mathers performed “Nowhere Fast” live, debuting the timely new verse. Before he began, he was introduced by a student from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who survived the February shooting there.

Following that performance, a new studio version of “Nowhere Fast” was released that includes the recently added verse.

The original version of the song was already political, addressing a number of relevant issues. It primarily focused on fears of war, particularly with North Korea.

By adding the verse that raises questions and concerns about gun violence in schools, “Nowhere Fast” takes on an additional dimension, and it demonstrates an interesting experiment that other musicians might emulate. By adjusting an already-released track to make it sync up with current events, Eminem has perhaps increased chances that people will download the track or buy the album.

“Nowhere Fast” features Bay Area singer Kehlani, who, like Eminem, also released an album last year. “SweetSexySavage” was her debut release, and was met with favorable reviews from critics.

Given Eminem’s legendary career, “Revival” and each of its singles have not quite gained as much steam as one might expect. Some have noted that many of the album’s tracks feature odd collaborations that do not always work, and his lyrics often fixate on his own fame and career trajectory.

Regardless, the Detroit rapper continues to grab headlines and keep his hardcore fans happy.

The Chainsmokers: Closer to the Sound

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In a recent interview with “Interview Magazine”, the two members of the Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, discuss the release of their new single “Closer.” They say that this song will be different, as it not only features the singer Halsey, but it also features vocals by Taggart. Pall expresses that this is only a culmination of their goal to make their music more intimate and different. He says that artists are always trying to put intimacy in their music, and with EDM it can be hard, as usually there is no face or personality to the artists that make it.

Drew and Alex met in New York. Taggart was from Maine, but was studying at Syracuse. Pall was working in New York. Both had gotten into the DJing scene, due to its growing popularity. They were introduced by mutual friends, and starting connecting on music the next day. From early on, they discussed the need to change the genre; to make it more personal. They felt that EDM was huge, but DJs were all similar. Their first songs, such as “#SELFIE” brought them success, in which Pall reflects on them beginning to tour the world. However, he says they weren’t satisfied, as they still hadn’t blurred lines between genres.

After more success with “ROZES” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” they began experimenting with different ideas, this is when “Closer” was made. Pall says that the two wanted to get closer with their friends and express what their lives were like. The lyrics were to show their lives in college, talking about college girls, superficiality,and the whirlwind of emotions our generation feels while in college. This talk of their lives, the struggles, and of emotions, they hoped would make them be able to connect more with their fans. They also felt that by having Taggart sing on the track, they could be more intimately involved in the making of the song. Time will tell how “Closer” will do, but it seems that by putting their own vocals and lyrics into music, the Chainsmokers may be onto something..

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My Favorite Lawrence Bender Flick

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Lawrence Bender has made some of the most popular and successful films in American film – many of his films are used in pop-culture references. Lawrence Bender is an American film producer, known for multiple and notable Quentin Tarantino films and is an Academy Award nominee.

While Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx, New York, he was raised in New Jersey. He came from a Jewish family with parents in the education profession: his father was a college history professor and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Interestingly, he developed a passion for dance and made plans to dance after college, but sustained an injury preventing him from doing so. Lawrence Bender got started in the film industry in the 1980s as a grip.

His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill-Volumes 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Three (3) of these films received Oscar Nominations: Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. My most favorite Lawrence Bender flick is Good Will Hunting (1997).

I love clever stories, but not only is this one clever but so is the title. The play on words in the title of doesn’t reveal itself until you learn that the main character, Will is a good person who’s searching for his way in the world. Also known for one of the first films that show us the talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting also gives us a great view of my hometown, Boston. The late and incredibly talented Robin Williams plays Will’s therapist, in a court-appointed turn of events. Will is a genius who works as a janitor at MIT but is held back from opportunity due to his lack of access as an orphan. Without guidance, Will sometimes goes astray and gets into trouble and a public fight gets him arrested. A highly intelligent professor learns of Will’s genius and makes it his mission to have Will work alongside him, but must promise the judge to get Will therapy to help him turn things around. Along the way, Will falls in love and learns that the world is his oyster and pursues his own dreams.

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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.”