Meat Puppets Announce UK Tour with Mudhoney in June

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The Meat Puppets are back with the new album Rat Farm which is due for release on the 15th of April and they’re supporting it with a UK tour together with Seattle rockers Mudhoney.

The band has made a name for over 30 years, mixing country-style music with punk rock. Brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have reunited in 2009 and released a tell-all biography of the band, Too High to Die. Curt wanted the songs to stand on their own, writing chords and melodies, and play them straight.

The UK tour is slated for this June and they’re also doing two solo shows. The band’s current line-up for the upcoming tour are Curt Kirkwood on vocals and guitars, Cris Kirkwood on bass, drummer Shandon Sahm and Elmo Kirkwood, Curt’s son, on additional second guitars.

Here are the shows’ schedules in June:

Sun 2nd Bristol The Fleece
Mon 3rd Brighton The Haunt
Wed 5th Glasgow ABC with Mudhoney
Thu 6th Newcastle Academy with Mudhoney
Fri 7th Manchester Academy 2 with Mudhoney
Sat 8th London The Forum with Mudhoney

Listen to the Too High To Die full album:

Justin Bieber Releases Lyric Video For ‘Right Here’ Featuring Drake

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Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber has just released a new single and accompanying it is a lyric video that his fans can watch so they can easily sing along. The announcement was preceded by a few tweets to hype up the release before it finally came out on February 26.

The Hit-Boy-produced track also features Drake, Bieber’s long-time friend and fellow Canadian, who not only lent his voice to the song but also is actually the one who wrote it. No doubt that he’ll also be appearing in the track’s music video, the release date of which is yet to be determined.

Like some, I was also kind of surprised about this announcement considering that it’s from one of his prior albums, which is Believe (released on June 2012), because usually when an artist releases a single it’s from their most recent one. In this case, we were expecting something from his album Believe Acoustic. But anyway, enjoy listening to the song as you watch the lyric video below.

Adele Wins an Oscar for ‘Skyfall’

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Adele has won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for her James Bond Skyfall theme. This is the first time a Bond theme ever won an Oscar for the Best Original Song.

Skyfall is Adele’s latest music release since her ground breaking hit album 21.

Among those nominated for the same category were Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane for Everybody Needs A Friend from Ted, Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri’s Pi’s Lullaby from Life of Pi, Before My Time by J. Ralph from Chasing Ice, and Suddenly by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil from the film Les Miserables.

Adele took the stage to accept the award with co-writer Paul Epworth. She became teary-eyed and choked, but was able to get some words to thank everyone that included Skyfall producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, Sony Pictures, MGM Paul Epworth and her husband.

Adele performed Skyfall at the event.

David Bowie Releases New Single ‘The Stars Are Out Tonight’

It’s only been a month since David Bowie surprised us all with the lead single Where Are We Now? from his comeback album The Next Day, and now he’s already got another single out for all of us, complete with music video.

The track, titled The Stars (Are Out Tonight), is more of alternative rock, unlike its predecessor Where Are We Now?, which is a slow ballad. The announcement of the single’s arrival together with the video was made on Bowie’s Facebook page.

Bowie hasn’t released any record for more than a decade, which is why the announcement of his upcoming album and its lead single on January 8 (his 66th birthday) came as a shock to pretty much everyone.

The single is now available for digital purchase however, the album which carries it won’t be released until March 8 in Australia, March 11 in the UK and the rest of the world, and March 12 in the US.

Michael Buble and Reese Witherspoon Perform Classic Duet

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Michael Buble’s lastest album will feature a special guest collaborator: Reese Witherspoon!

Yes folks, the award-winning actress will perform the song Something Stupid on the upcoming album To Be Loved, which is set for an April 12 release. If you’re not aware of her singing prowess, you can see her on the movie Walk the Line where she won an Oscar playing the role of country singer June Carter.

Something Stupid was written by Carson Parks and recorded originally by Carson and Gaile – Carson Parks and wife Gaile Foote then was covered by Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra which is the more popular version.

Buble, a big fan of Witherspoon, is excited for his duet.

According to Buble, the album is ‘about love, happiness, fun and yummy things’. It will also feature four original songs co-written by Buble so this one is something to look forward to if you’re a fan of his voice and jazz standards.

Review: Rihanna’s Song ‘Stay’

Stay is Rihanna’s second single coming off from her album Unapologetic, following her smash track hit Diamonds. It features UK electropop singer Mikky Ekko, who also wrote the song.

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Rihanna sings about love loss and broken hearts in this heartfelt and piano-heavy ballad. Her emotionally raw delivery, coupled with the minimal arrangement of vocals and piano, creates a haunting mood for the song. One could also say that the arrangement makes the song contemplative and gives it a heavy-hearted tone. She has no doubt managed to portray the anguish that can accompany a complicated love relationship together with Ekko in this stark piano ballad.

When asked about the song, Rihanna describes it as, “a very emotional song and it’s personal, so you just think about… it’s almost like telling a story, and when you tell a story, even to yourself—if you’re saying it out loud and expressing how you feel—it needs to be powerful because it needs to be authentic.”

Rihanna takes her performance at the Grammy Awards one step further as she bares her emotions (and more of her skin) in the song’s music video, which you can watch below.

Jose James Performs at KCRW

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One of the artists to watch this year is Jose James. The stylish singer has this great voice which is a mix of hip hop/rnb with jazz influences. James has blended both genres well that would make the new generation appreciate jazz more. But on the other hand, purists of that genre may not like it as it’s too mainstream.

Anyway, this is a good introduction to kids if they want to listen some easy listening type of music that would make them jive. James performed at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio for the special event of KCRW with his band and they did the song Trouble.

The song got me grooving especially with that Motown funk-meets-jazz meets hiphop feel, because it’s so relaxing. I also like the horn sections as they complement the sound of the keyboards as well as the moving basslines. James would definitely score a big hit with Trouble.

Watch the performance.

Coldplay And Oxfam Team Up To Create Fan-Sourced Music Video

If you’re a fan of Coldplay and someone who would like to take part in a groundbreaking global music project then you just might be the type of person that Oxfam’s looking for. Oxfam is an international charitable organization which focuses in finding solutions to poverty. The group has teamed up with Coldplay to create a fan-sourced campaign video against land grabbing.


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Land grabbing has long been a practice of banks, individuals, and governments to buy huge plots of land in poor countries for profit, which damages the lives of the people who live there, making them either homeless or without a livelihood.

Oxfam and Coldplay are now asking fans to submit a video or photo footage echoing the dislocation and displacement of land grabs. The band’s music video and film director, Mat Whitecross, will then stitch the submissions together into an exclusively crowdsourced video set to an acoustic version of Coldplay’s track hit In My Place.

If you’re interested in submitting your video or photo, be sure to send it in by March 20.

Here’s the original music video of the song In My Place.

Travis Barker Not Joining Blink 182 in Australia Tour

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Fatal plane crash survivor Travis Barker is still struggling with his fear of flying, after the plane he was riding back in 2008 crashed, killing four passengers that included two of his best friends.

Since then, the Blink 182 drummer has decided not to fly anymore, thus missing the band’s Australian tour, where they are slated to head the 2013 Soundwave in Sydney.

Barker even made an announcement on his Facebook page that he hasn’t gotten over those events that took place and has given the band his blessings to take a replacement drummer if they wanted to do the tour without him. He stated that he wishes to come to Australia again, on ship of course, and apologized to his fans if he can’t play with the band.

MIA Claims Grammys Stole Her Stage Idea

Tamil-British singer M.I.A. is accusing the Grammys of stealing her idea on the stage setup that was used during award ceremony’s Bob Marley tribute, referring particularly to the neon lights shaped as squares as a backdrop.

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On her Tumblr page, she posted a side-by-side comparison photo: one from her recent concert in Australia back in January and the other from the Grammy performance. Embedded in the image is a caption that says, “My ideas came from my life. My set was based on Tamil Hindu temple. Not Bob Marley,” while below it she writes (in all caps): “If u wanna see the real thing or get it first come to M.I.A. show!”

She even followed it up with a tweet to rally up her fans.

The Bob Marley Tribute featured performances by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and bob Marley’s sons Ziggy and Damian. You can watch the videos from the two performances below so you can judge for yourself whether her accusation holds any water.