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Review: Selah Sue in Milan

posted May 8, 2015, 12:03 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Selah Sue live in Milan
With one listen of “Raggamuffin”, you understand why Selah Sue’s name sounds familiar. In Italy, we discovered her in summer of 2011 in Italy, establishing a niche among soul lovers. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine named Selah Sue as one of the new faces of 2012, with more than 400.000 downloads were counted in one week when her debut album released in the US. Read more

Jazz Street: Billie Holiday

posted May 7, 2015, 7:42 am by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


billie holidayIt’s hard to imagine anyone singing these songs better than Billie Holiday. O.K., maybe there are people who could sing better. Try convincing Doris Day or Ella Fitzgerald fans Billie was better. Still after listening to Rebecca Ferguson do a commendable job of singing Billie on an album, it’s not the same as listening to the great jazz singer herself. Not everyone finds themselves embracing Holiday. For one thing, she goes back before the rock era, which brings about some reservations. But those people aren’t finding much interest in this regular feature, so they’re not probably not reading this (There is hope for a few converts). She had plenty of success in the 1940s. Her health and personal life caused problems for her in the ’50s. This makes it too sad of an experience for some to listen to her songs. You can miss out on a lot of good music worrying about the singer’s personal lives too much. She died at age 44 in 1959. Her recording career spanned 24 years. Collections continue to be released nearly 60 years after her life and career ended.

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Press Release Roundup: May 4

posted May 6, 2015, 11:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

GWAR

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Let There Be GWAR is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. GWAR fans will cherish this oversized hardcover book chock full of fascinating first-hand accounts and rare, never-before-seen photographs. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the “Dim Time,” when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague. This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR, the band whoredefined the meaning of performance in rock music with their outlandish costumes and intense theatrical performances. A GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. Let There Be GWAR takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band’s albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome. Bohabs the world over, will delight in the wretched world of GWAR through the pages of this, the most monstrous book since The Necronomicon.

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Interview: Beth Hart

posted May 6, 2015, 8:06 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Beth Hart in Milan

You might remember Beth Hart for her “LA Song (Out of This Town)”but since 1999, a lot of things have changed and her career’s been full of amazing collaborations, in addition to amazing songs written. Beth’s currently touring in Europe and playing sold out shows all around the Old Continent and we talked with her during her stay in Milan.

How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know your music?
I mean, I would pretty much describe my music like Americana music blended some rock and roll, some blues, some songwriter, some jazz even some songs that you can consider a little folkish, kinda Americana music, probably!

What could you tell us about “Better Than Home” and what does this new album mean to you?
Oh my God, this album means so much to me! It was a very very challenging experience, to the point where I even got kinda crazy and had a breakdown during it: the producers really challenged me to go deeper than ever and turn up my feelings about life, and family, and friends, and music, and God, and health and kinda covering the basis of what it means to me to be alive and what scares me and what I have faced and what helped me through difficult times! This album is very autobiographical but I think all over this album, musically, you can hear some soul in it, some singer songwriter in it, even some rock in it but not a lot… and not blues! I would say more singer songwriter with some soul influences, but lyricly I think that’s the most important part of the record: there’s a lot of stories!

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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote

posted May 4, 2015, 6:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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As we head into the first week of May and Star Wars fans all over the world yell “May the 4th be with you”, one of my top anticipated releases of the year drops TODAY, beginning the month with a bang. Grammy nominated foursome Hiatus Kaiyote’s sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is available everywhere in the U.S., providing more airport dancing jams for all (including me who’s previously danced in several terminals to ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ blasting from my headphones). Stumbling upon this Melbourne, Australia based group when they were scheduled to open for D’Angelo and Busta Rhymes at The Summer Spirit Festival in 2013, I’ve loved their unique blend of electro future soul/ jazz with world music influences ever since.

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Review: Pentatonix in Milan!

posted May 1, 2015, 11:06 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Pentatonix live in Milan

On the 14th of April, Pentatonix’s “On My Way Home” Tour arrived in Italy and I watched their amazing live show for 90 minutes in which Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola gave their audience goosebumps and made them sing along following their amazing voices.Pentatonix in Italy are very much appreciated: this American acappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas, are loved and followed online by lots of people.

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Unsigned and Wound Up 11: Fan Picks

posted April 30, 2015, 4:53 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News | comment 2 Comments


As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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Interviews: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

posted April 30, 2015, 10:52 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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In celebration of International Jazz Day and still buzzing from the Art of Cool Fest, I had the pleasure of speaking with duo Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton last weekend. Also viewing them live as a pair for the first time, their chemistry onstage is undeniable. Students at the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in NYC, they honed their crafts and Gretchen’s worked with several jazz greats and recently snagged a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy nod last year for her ‘Live In NYC’ album. Alan, who released his sophomore album ‘Origami for the Fire’ in 2014 has also worked with esteemed musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sufjan Stevens.

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Review: Art of Cool Fest 2015- Durham Does It Again

posted April 27, 2015, 1:09 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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For live music lovers, it’s no secret festival season’s arrived. Tis the time to travel now that winter worries are long gone to see your favorite artists. No stranger to North Carolina as I made the trek to attend MoogFest last year, I knew NC, with pockets of vibrant, homegrown artistic communities, would be a dope spot for a fest. Reading the hype about last year’s inaugural Art of Cool (AOC) Fest, this would be a part of my 2015. Making the trek back to NC with several other jazz, funk and soul enthusiasts, we descended upon Bull City/Durham for a weekend of fun.

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Press Release Roundup: April 27

posted April 27, 2015, 11:02 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Bonnaroo

RED BULL TV PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE ALL-ACCESS PASS TO BONNAROO 2015

 

Red Bull Media House Announces Three-Year Partnership to

Co-Produce Bonnaroo Music Festival Global Livestream

 

  

 

 

Manchester, TN / Santa Monica, CA – April 23, 2015 – Bonnaroo and Red Bull Media House have partnered together to livestream the magic of one of America’s most iconic festivals.  Airing exclusively on Red Bull TV June 11-14, 2015, this year’s festival lineup of more than 100 artists, features talent from the likes of Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo.
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