Prince’s Handwritten Lyrics, Gifts to Exes Head to Auction
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Prince‘s shoes, adorned with “love symbol” charms, his handwritten lyrics and gifts the artist gave to a couple of his exes are among the highlights of two auctions that will take place in the coming months. The RR Auction house, based out of Boston, will offer Prince items from February 8th to the 15th. Items include personal effects the artist left with some of his close friends. One of the interesting items is a draft of the lyrics to Sign ‘O’...

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Frank Zappa Hologram to Play With Former Mothers on ‘Bizarre World’ Tour
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The planned, estate-approved Frank Zappa hologram tour has recruited its band of former Mothers for the “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” trek. The tour kicks off later this year. The Mothers alumni set to make special appearances on the hologram tour include longtime Zappa collaborators Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ian Underwood and Joe’s Garage vets Warren Cuccurullo, Vinnie Colaiuta, Arthur Barrow and Ed Mann. The touring unit itself boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes,...

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Top Female Music Execs: Recording Academy ‘Woefully Out of Touch’
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Six top female music industry executives called the Recording Academy “woefully out of touch” in a joint letter marking the latest fallout following Neil Portnow’s controversial “step up” remarks. While the letter to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees didn’t call for Portnow’s removal as president, the women – including Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone and Roc Nation chief operating officer Desiree Perez, the New York Times reported – condemned his comments after the...

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Alt-J Set North American Tour Around Festival Dates
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British band Alt-J have carved a spring tour around their upcoming North American music festival dates. The jaunt comes in two waves: First, Alt-J will tour the West Coast in April around their two Coachella sets. In June, the band returns for an East Coast trek revolving around Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam and Firefly gigs. The June tour also includes a June 15th stop at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium, the largest North American venue the Relaxer band has headlined so far....

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A Perfect Circle’s Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel Talk First LP in 14 Years
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It’s been 14 years since A Perfect Circle last put out a new album, and frontman Maynard James Keenan is acutely aware of this fact. So much so that he found himself asking a litany of philosophical questions when making the group’s upcoming full-length, Eat the Elephant. “Do you reinvent yourself and try to look to the future?” he posits to Rolling Stone. “Do you do what you did before to satisfy the people who were there before? And when...

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Hear Rae Sremmurd Preview New Album ‘Sr3mm’ With Hazy ‘T’d Up’
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Rae Sremmurd‘s third album, Sr3mm, appears to be imminent as the Mississippi brothers released the lead single off forthcoming album, “T’d Up.” They debuted the song at Super Bowl Live over the weekend. Swae Lee co-produced the single alongside Metro Boomin. The song carries the same syrup-y, sleepy beat of Sremmurd’s last few singles, including the hit “Black Beatles.” Lee handles the half-sung boastful chorus. “I t’d up/ I don’t see no speed bump,” he repeats. Keeping with the...

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Paul Simon Announces ‘Homeward Bound’ Farewell Tour
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Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon announced his final tour this spring will be the “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.” “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief,” Simon said in a statement. “I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted...

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Hear Blood Orange’s Two New Songs Honoring Black History Month
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Dev Hynes released two new songs under his Blood Orange moniker. “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th” are the musician’s first new solo songs since he released Freetown Sound in 2016. “Christopher & 6th” — presumably a nod to the Manhattan corner not too far off from where the Stonewall riots occurred — is the more lo-fi of the two tracks, as he focuses on mostly delivering the song through his tender upper register. On “June 12th,” Hynes mostly talks...

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Super Bowl LII: Watch Justin Timberlake Honor Prince in Halftime Spectacle
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Justin Timberlake tore through a bevy of his hits including “Suit & Tie,” “Rock Your Body,” “SexyBack” and his new song, “Filthy,” during his performance at the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. Timberlake spanned several eras and styles he’s hit through his career. He opened the 13-minutes set flanked by laser lights and dancing with fans backstage for the funky “Filthy” before sliding into a choreographed “Rock Your Body” before heading to the stage, in the middle...

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