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Brandi Carlile Performs Solo Acoustic The Joke On Ellen

Singer Brandi Carlile took the stage with a moving acoustic version of her Grammy-winning song, “The Joke.” She also chatted with Ellen about her big night at the awards show, where she won three Grammys, and was the most nominated female artist of the night.

Carlile’s appearance on Ellen also had a special significance — during one of her three acceptance speeches at the Grammys, the singer paid tribute to host Ellen DeGeneres for inspiring her to come out as a teenager. “It’s a brave thing to do, too,” DeGeneres tells Carlile after the performance. “Most people that are performing, they worry about their career, so it’s a brave thing for you to be open and out.”

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Watch The Yesterday Trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Yesterday, the new film from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill).

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday debuts in theaters on June 28.

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Paisley Park Announces Performers & Special Guests Joining CELEBRATION 2019

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced programming details for its annual four-day special event, CELEBRATION, honoring the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. Taking place between April 25-28 at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, the event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform at Paisley Park during CELEBRATION 2019 include internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist and original member of The Time, Jesse Johnson; Prince’s iconic group The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Matt Fink; and Funk Soldiers, a fifteen-piece supergroup of New Power Generation and Paisley Park musical alumni.

As an extension of CELEBRATION 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, to be held Friday, April 26, at 8pm at The Armory in Minneapolis. Attendance to this event will be included in the CELEBRATION 2019 ticket. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career. The live concert experience will showcase Prince in his inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. CELEBRATION 2019 VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Dance Party at The Armory following the conclusion of the live concert Friday evening, hosted by DJ Kiss, who Prince often invited to DJ his own private parties around the world and special events at Paisley Park.

In addition to featured musical guests, Paisley Park has announced a broad list of special guest speakers who will take part in exclusive panel discussions at CELEBRATION 2019, including keynote conversations with Prince’s longtime manager Bob Cavallo; Prince’s personal photographer and creative collaborator, Jeff Katz, who worked closely with Prince through iconic eras, namely Parade, Lovesexy, Sign O’ The Times and Batman; and award winning singer-songwriter Ingrid Chavez who will join producer Craig Rice, rapper TC Ellis and visual artist Steve Parke, who were all instrumental in the Graffiti Bridge film and accompanying soundtrack. Overall the list of contributors this year includes collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life.

CELEBRATION 2019 is poised to connect with even more of the passionate and global Prince fan community. Individual General Admission and VIP tickets to the 4-day CELEBRATION 2019 event are available now via the official Paisley Park website at OfficialPaisleyPark.com. Both GA and VIP tickets include entry to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, with prime and premiere seating assigned respectively to each ticket type. Individual tickets to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen will be available February 8th via the Armory website at armorymn.com.

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The Beatles & Crate And Barrel Come Together For New Home Decor Line

Crate and Barrel just introduced an exclusive art collection featuring images and illustrations of The Beatles. The collection includes 21 large framed pieces, framed on large scale, archival quality canvas.

Most of the artwork showcases the band’s milestone moments and three kids prints are included in the collection.  With a band as timeless as The Beatles, this art is sure to stay stylish in your home even as design trends fluctuate.

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Brandi Carlile Steps Out of The Shadows And Into The Grammys Spotlight

Bow down to Brandi Carlile — the only female artist nominated for six or more Grammys this year. 

Variety’s cover star reveals her biggest professional regret, the designer she’s been maxing out her credit card buying, and what life in a log cabin is like.

Read the article HERE.

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Check Out These Photoshops of Famous Musicians Hanging Out With Their Younger Selves

Digital artist Ard Gelinck has recut images of famous musicians and carefully positioned the present-day stars alongside their former faces, as if they were hanging out together. The results are incredible!

               

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Peter Jackson To Direct A New Beatles Documentary

Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson. 

The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. These studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The album was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.

The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but organically turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.” 

Although The Beatles were filmed extensively during the 1960s – in concerts, interviews and movies – this is the only footage of any note that documents them at work in the studio.

The Let It Be album and movie, having been released in the months following The Beatles’ breakup, have often been viewed in the context of the struggle the band was going through at that time. 

“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate”.   

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Jackson will be working with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, Producer Clare Olssen and Editor Jabez Olssen. The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, to a pristine standard, using techniques developed for the WW1 documentary film which has been nominated for a BAFTA for best documentary.

The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced in due course. This film is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison.

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Flight of The Conchords: Live In London Album To Be Released On March 8, 2019

Sub Pop Records announced that Flight of the Conchords’ Live in London will hit stores and digital release on March 8, 2019. 

The album will feature 22 tracks from their show at London’s Eventim Apollo theater, including two songs that were cut from the HBO special: Carol Brown and The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room. The album will have seven all new songs performed during the show.

The album will available: digitally ($14), cassette ($10), 2-CD set ($14), and 3-LP vinyl ($27). A special Loser Edition of the LP, featuring clear with blue and yellow colored vinyl, will be available while supplies last.

Track Listing:

1. Father and Son (Live in London)
2. Band Reunion (Live in London)
3. Iain and Deanna (Live in London)
4. Inner City Pressure (Live in London)
5. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Live in London)
6. Summer of 1353 (Live in London)
7. Complimentary Muffin (Live in London)
8. Stana (Live in London)
9. Stuck in a Lift (Live in London)
10. Foux du Fafa (Live in London)
11. Seagull (Live in London)
12. Mutha’uckas – Hurt Feelings (Live in London)
13. One More Anecdote (Live in London)
14. Back on the Road (Live in London)
15. Thank You London (Live in London)
16. Bowie (Live in London)
17. Bus Driver (Live in London)
18. Tuning (Live in London)
19. Robots (Live in London)
20. Shady Rachel (Live in London)
21. Carol Brown (Live in London)
22. The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)

You can pre-order your preferred copy now through Sub Pop.

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Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church Playing In Select Theaters Around The World Starting January 31, 2019

Abramorama announced a partnership with Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Sony Legacy Recordings to release Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church in select theaters around the world. The film opens at the Cinerama Dome/ArcLight Hollywood theater on January 31st with a special Q&A with director John McDermott, legendary record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer (best known for not only collaborating with Hendrix but also with The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton,  The Rolling Stones and others and Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix C.E.O. Janie Hendrix. Original Atlanta Pop producer/director Steve Rash will also be part of the pane that will be moderated by 89.3-KPCC’s John Rabe. The much-lauded documentary, which originally aired on Showtime, tells the story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s involvement as the headliner of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, then hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock.’ 

Unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. Electric Church features an interview with Paul McCartney who freely admits to worshipping Hendrix, commenting, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.”  The film features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.

The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s July 4, 1970 appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing. Atlanta International Pop Festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing the Hollywood films The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love. Standout performances from the film include the Hendrix classics “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of “Straight Ahead,” “Freedom” and “Room Full Of Mirrors.”  Hendrix aficianados and fans of rock’s classic ‘60s – ‘70s era will not want to miss this Electric Church.

Dates:

Jan 31 Los Angeles CA – Cinerama DomeArc Light Hollywood*
Jan 31 New York – IFC

Feb 1-7 Buffalo NY – North Park Theatre
Feb 8-10 Phoenix AZ – FilmBar
Feb 11 Vancouver BC – Vancity Theatre
Feb 13 Seattle WA – SIFF Cinema Uptown **
Feb 15 Shreveport LA – Robinson Film Center
Feb 17 and 19 Columbus OH – Gateway Film Center
Feb 20 San Antonio, TX – Santikos Bijou
Feb 21 Eugene OR – Broadway Metro
Feb 21 and 28 – Hudson NY – Time & Space Limited
Feb 22 Lake Worth, FL – Lakeworth Playhouse
Feb 22 Boise ID – The Flicks
Feb 22-24 Albuquerque NM – Guild Cinema
Feb 22-28 Howell MI – Historia Howell Theater
Feb 22-28 Fayetteville NC – Cameo Art House
Feb 22 Long Beach CA – The Art Theatre
Feb 24-25 Cathedral City/Palm Springs CA – Mary Pickford 14
Feb 24 and 26 Florence OR – City Lights Cinemas
Feb 25 Nashville TN – Belcourt Theatre ***
Feb 25 Fairfield CT – StageOne
Feb 26 Bellingham WA – Pickford Theater
Feb 27 State College PA – The State Theater
Feb 27 Kansas City MO – Tivoli Cinemas
Feb 28 Newport RI – Janes Pickens Theater
Feb 28 Mystic CT – Mystic Luxury Cinemas
Feb 28 El Paso TX – Alamo Drafhouse

Mar 1 Baton Rouge LA – Manship Theatre
Mar 1-3, 9-10 Hudson NY – Time & Space Limited
Mar 2-3 Long Beach CA – The Art Theatre
Mar 4-5 Newton NJ – Skylands PAC
Mar 5-7, 17 Toronto, ONT – Hot Doc
Mar 8 Schnectady NY – Proctors Theatre
Mar 9 Monterey CA – The Golden State Theatre
Mar 11 Salem OR – Salem Cinema
Mar 24 Asbury Park NJ – Showroom Cinemas

April 3 Stamford CT – The Avon Theatre Film Center

*Post-screening discussion with Eddie Kramer and John McDermott, Steve Rash and Janie Hendrix
**Post-screening discussion with Janie Hendrix
***Post-screening discussion with Billy Cox

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Weezer Surprises Fans With Covers LP, The Teal Album

Eight months after scoring a hit with their fan-demanded rendition of Toto’s “Africa,” Weezer has surprised fans with a full covers LP, The Teal Album. The album which arrives weeks before Weezer (The Black Album), the alt-rock band’s 13th set of original material – features songs they performed on their summer 2018 tour.

Track Listing:

1. “Africa” (Toto)
2. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (Tears for Fears)
3. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” (The Eurythmics)
4. “Take On Me” (a-ha)
5. “Happy Together” (The Turtles)
6. “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath)
7. “Mr. Blue Sky” (Electric Light Orchestra)
8. “No Scrubs” (TLC)
9. “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson)
10. “Stand By Me” (Ben E. King)

The record is out now via Crush Music/Atlantic Records and is available via iTunes, Spotify and other digital retailers.

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