Prince Estate Strikes Merchandise Deal With Minnesota Twins
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The Minnesota Twins will offer Prince-branded merchandise year-round after the baseball team secured a deal with the singer’s estate. The agreement also ensures that the Twins will once again celebrate the Minnesota icon’s legacy with a second annual Prince Night at Minneapolis’ Target Field. According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune (via Pitchfork), the Twins will sell items like purple hats featuring both Prince’s “Love Symbol” and the team’s “TC” Twin Cities logo, as well as Prince-branded...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018
John Fogerty, ZZ Top Plot Joint ‘Blues and Bayous’ Tour
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John Fogerty and ZZ Top will unite this spring for a joint “Blues and Bayous” tour in the United States. The 24-date trek kicks off May 25th in Atlantic City, New Jersey and concludes June 29th in Welch, Minnesota. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 27th at 10 a.m. local time. Willie Nelson will join the artists for their June 26th show in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan....

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Monday, 26 February 2018
Hear Chris Cornell’s Cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘You Never Knew My Mind’
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Chris Cornell transformed a pair of Johnny Cash poems into a heart-wrenching acoustic ballad, “You Never Knew My Mind.” The ballad is the late Soundgarden singer’s contribution to a collection of Cash’s unrecorded poetry, lyrics and letters put to music called Forever Words.  “You Never Knew My Mind,” premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and arrives on what would have been Cash’s 86th birthday. The song is also the first posthumous track to feature Cornell’s vocals...

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Monday, 26 February 2018
Over 45 Music Festivals Band Together to Fight Gender Inequality
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Over 45 music festivals from around the world have banded together to tackle gender inequality by pledging to achieve and maintain “a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022,” including live line-ups and conference participants. The PRS Foundation’s Keychange has recruited festivals like Liverpool Sound City, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Norway’s Borealis, Canada’s North by North East, U.K.’s BBC Proms and dozens more to take part in the initiative. Additionally, Garbage’s Shirley Manson, David...

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Monday, 26 February 2018
Joan Baez Plots Final North American Tour
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Joan Baez announced a new run of concerts in the U.S. and Canada, part of her final round of “formal touring.” The North American trek, which follows a stretch of U.K. and European dates in 2017, launches September 11th in Ithaca, New York and concludes November 17th in Oakland, California. The live dates will promote Baez’s upcoming studio album, Whistle Down the Wind, out March 2nd via Bobolink/Razor & Tie Records. A digital or CD copy of the record is...

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Monday, 26 February 2018
Rolling Stones Extend ‘No Filter’ Tour With New U.K., European Shows
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The Rolling Stones have extended their “No Filter” tour with 11 new dates in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Poland. The upcoming leg, which includes a pair of London dates at London Stadium and Twickenham Stadium, launches May 17th in Dublin and concludes July 8th in Warsaw. The London shows will mark the band’s first British concerts since 2013. “It’s such a joy to play with this band,” Keith Richards said in a statement. “There’s no stopping us....

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Monday, 26 February 2018
Metallica Set North American Arena Leg of WorldWired Tour
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Metallica‘s WorldWired Tour will return to North America in September for a fall/winter arena jaunt in support of the heavy metal legends’ latest LP Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The 34-date trek finds Metallica heading to cities the band didn’t visit during their 25-date North American stadium tour in 2017, including some markets they haven’t visited in decades: Grand Forks, North Dakota will host its first Metallica gig in 30 years on September 8th, while Metallica will also visit El Paso, Birmingham,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018
On the Charts: ‘Black Panther: The Album’ Reigns Again at Number One
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Black Panther continues to dominate at both the box office and on the Billboard 200 as the Kendrick Lamar-curated companion album finished at Number One for a second straight week. After the Marvel blockbuster raked in another $108 million in its second weekend of release – a second-week box office record for a Marvel movie and second all-time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Black Panther: The Album sold a total of 131,000 copies to remain at Number One....

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Sunday, 25 February 2018
Mavis Staples’ Second Act
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Mavis Staples is sitting in the lounge of her tour bus outside the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, telling a story about her current tourmate, Bob Dylan. The other day, Dylan asked Staples to rehearse a duet of “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking,” a funky gospel rocker from Slow Train Coming that the pair re-recorded in 2002, earning a Grammy nomination in the process. But the rehearsal hit some roadblocks. First, they couldn’t settle on who has to sing the...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018
The Crystals Singer Barbara Ann Alston Dead at 74
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Barbara Ann Alston, co-founder and lead singer of the hit-making Sixties girl group the Crystals, died February 16th in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 74. The singer’s family told the Charlotte Observer that Alston died at a Charlotte hospital following a two-week battle with the flu. Alston’s daughter Donielle Prophete told the BBC, “She loved the Crystals. She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the traveling.” Alston sang...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018
Prince’s Paisley Park Sets Celebration 2018 Four-Day Event
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Prince‘s Paisley Park have announced the details for Celebration 2018, the second annual four-day gathering at the music icon’s Chanhassen, Minnesota complex. Taking place April 19th to 22nd, Celebration 2018 “will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker,” organizers said. Among the musical acts scheduled...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018
Neil Young Details Archival ‘Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live’ Album
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Neil Young has detailed his upcoming archival live album Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live, a collection of the rocker’s performances at the Los Angeles venue in 1973. Recorded between September 20th and 22nd, 1973 alongside Young’s backing band the Santa Monica Flyers, the album boasts the live debuts of nine of the songs that would feature on Young’s classic 1975 album Tonight’s the Night, one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, as well as On the...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018
Lucy Dacus: Rock’s Reluctant Hero
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A couple of years ago, Lucy Dacus was a 19-year-old indie-rock songwriter with a day job working in a Richmond, Virginia photo lab – the kind of person who was happy to kill a Friday night by tucking into a Russian novel. So she needed to do some adjusting when her debut LP, 2016’s No Burden, touched off a 20-plus-label bidding war and two years of constant touring. “My sense of community was crippled,” Dacus says on a recent afternoon,...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
10 New Albums to Stream Now: ‘Concert for George,’ Screaming Females and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks
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Various Artists, Concert for GeorgeTo honor what would have been the late Beatle’s 75th birthday, the 2002 concert saluting his memory makes its debut on streaming services. (It’s also being reissued on LP and in a limited-edition boxed set with a double-disc DVD/Blu-Ray of the show.) The show, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall and was shepherded by Eric Clapton, featured performances of Harrison’s songs by fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, fellow Traveling Wilburys Tom Petty...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Hear Logic’s First New Song of 2018, ’44 More’
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Grammy-nominated rapper Logic released his first new song of the year, “44 More.” You in the club throwing dollars/ But I’m savin’ mine so my kids go to college,” he raps over an 808 beat laced with skittering hi-hats and synths.  The rapper released his breakthrough album, Everybody, in 2017. It debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 on the strength of suicide prevention anthem “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. The trio performed the emotionally raw hit with...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
See Slayer Relive Humble Early Days in New Documentary Series
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Ahead of their final tour, Slayer launched a docuseries that will look back on their nearly four decades of aggression. The first installment focuses on the band’s formation and early years. “I found auditioning for another band at some warehouse,” recalls guitarist Kerry King, who adds that he was in high school when the band came together. “He was playing songs I know on the guitar sitting at a desk. And I was like, ‘Hey, are you in...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Belly Prep First LP in 23 Years, Release New Song ‘Shiny One’
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Belly will release their first LP in 23 years, Dove, on May 4th. The alt-rock quartet previewed the album with new single, “Shiny One.” Tanya Donelly belts through the synth-y haze: “Call my fallen angel/ When the call comes, you answer it/ When the call comes, you answer it for me/ Don’t forget who you come from, son.” Donelly wrote about her deep “affection” for “Shiny One,” which is also the band’s first completely collaborative song, she said. “Gail wrote...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens to Perform at 2018 Oscars
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Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common and Gael García Bernal are set to perform their Best Original Song nominees at the 2018 Academy Awards. Miguel will perform “Remember Me” from the computer-animated fantasy Coco, alongside the film’s star, Bernal, and singer Natalia Lafourcade. Best Supporting Actress nominee Blige – the first person to be nominated for both a performance and original song in the same year – will sing “Mighty River” from period drama, Mudbound. Sufjan Stevens...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Watch Bon Jovi Perform Rousing ‘When We Were Us’ on ‘Colbert’
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This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bon Jovi performed a vigorous live rendition of “When We Were Us” on Thursday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Jon Bon Jovi belted lyrics about the power of memory over a surge of requisite power chords and harmonies. Both “When We Were Us” and another new song, “Walls,” appear on a new reissue of the band’s 2016 LP, This House Is Not For Sale. The group is currently still touring behind the...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Hear 5 Seconds of Summer’s Yearning New Song ‘Want You Back’
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5 Seconds of Summer have released their new single, “Want You Back.” It’s the Aussie group’s first new song in nearly two years. They also announced a 26-date tour, which kicks off next month. The pop-flavored track reflects on a lost love and captures the yearning that often follows a breakup. “No matter where I go, I’m always gonna want you back, ” Luke Hemmings sings on the chorus. “No matter how long you’re gone, I’m always gonna want you...

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Friday, 23 February 2018
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