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Louise Goffin talks famous parents and finding her own place in the music world

The daughter of legendary songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Louise Goffin spent her childhood and adolescence in Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the L.A. music scene in the late ’60s and ’70s. Her live debut came when she was 17, opening up for Jackson Browne in 1977 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Her first album “Kid Blue” arrived on the major label Elektra/Asylum in 1979 before she’d even turned 20. Yet while those early memories used to remind Goffin more of struggle and difficu...
Tags: Music, London, Scotland, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Orleans, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Mitchell, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Jackson Browne, Goffin, Dana Point


Stream No Home’s New Album Fucking Hell

No Home is the project of a London-based musician who goes by Charlie Valentine. They have a couple short-form releases to their name so far, including last year's hello, this is exploitation and 2017's Self Preservation. Last week, they put out a new full-length album called Fucking Hell, an impressive lo-fi … More »
Tags: Music, London, Charlie Valentine, No Home


Rodney P meets Kojey Radical: 'I don't want my son to always have to fight'

In our series of cross-generational conversations between black artists, the two rappers discuss racism, identity, police shootings – and how to create a better futureAlthough separated by generations, there is a shared sense of black empowerment and rebellion coursing through the music of Rodney P and Kojey Radical. At 50, Rodney P has been instrumental in the evolution of UK rap. Songs released as part of London Posse in the 80s and 90s, such as How’s Life in London, are among the earliest exa...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Race, Rap, Dave, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Rodney, London Posse, Rodney P, George Floyd


Tourist & The Range – “Last”

London-based producer Tourist and New York-based producer the Range have teamed up for a new collaborative track called "Last," which combines the latter's sample-based approach and the former's crisp sentimentality. The Range's most recent album was 2016's excellent Potential; Tourist put out two new albums, Everyday and Wild last year. The two of … More »
Tags: Music, New York, London, Tourist, The Range


UK Royal Mail issues stamps honoring the band Queen

The UK's Royal Mail is issuing a series of 13 stamps honoring the band Queen. This issue follows prior rock stamps celebrating The Beatles and Pink Floyd. From Spin: “It’s hard to put into words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps,” Queen guitarist Brian May said in a release. “Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realize the position...
Tags: Post, Music, UK, London, News, Rock, Budapest, Wembley Stadium, Freddie Mercury, Stamps, Hyde Park, Brian May, Hammersmith Odeon, Primrose Hill, Roger Taylor, Philately


Glyndebourne Festival Opera Will Do An Outdoor Season This Summer

“Offenbach’s 1858 Mesdames de la Halle is the first opera to be announced. It will be staged with 12 singers but no chorus, with 13 orchestral musicians instead of the usual 40, and with a limited audience of 200 people [spaced apart outdoors]. … Taking place throughout July and August, the series will include concerts from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Philharmonic Orchestra.” – Classic FM
Tags: Art, Music, London, Audience, Offenbach, Halle, 06.22.20


Rick Astley covers Foo Fighters' "Everlong" and it's lovely

Rick Astley (yes, that Rick Astley), recorded this lovely cover of Foo Fighters' "Everlong" from his home studio in London. Well done, sir.
Tags: Video, Music, London, News, Rick Astley, Never Gonna Give You up


The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” Played By Musicians Around the World (with Cameos by David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Bill Kreutzmann)

Poet and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter penned some of the band’s best-known songs. Even if you’re only casually familiar with the Dead’s vast catalogue and even vaster labyrinth of live recordings, you can probably sing along to classics like “Casey Jones” or “Box of Rain.” Both came about during the most prolific phase of Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s collaboration on the country-folk masterpieces Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, released one after the other in 1970. Among thes...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Canada, Ringo Starr, Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, Hunter, Facebook Twitter, Jerry, William Butler Yeats, Josh Jones, Bill Withers, Jerry Garcia, Dodd


Ashnikko – “Cry” (Feat. Grimes)

Ashnikko, the blue-haired London-based rapper who shot to viral TikTok success last year with her breakout hit "Stupid," has teamed up with Grimes for a new single. "Cry" leans into both artists' nu-metal side with a chunky guitar riff, Ashnikko smoothly transitioning from rapping into singing. "Bitch, are you tryna make … More »
Tags: Music, London, Grimes, Mike Anderson, Ashnikko


When Punk & Reggae Fans Launched the “Rock Against Racism” Movement and Pushed Back Against Britain’s Racist Right (1976)

The UK of the late-70s was, in many unfortunate respects, like the UK (and US) of today, with far-right attacks against West Indian and Asian immigrants becoming routine, along with increased aggression from the police. Enoch Powell’s inflammatory 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech (denounced in the papers as a naked “appeal to racial hatred) energized the far-right National Front. Nazi punks and skinheads began violent campaigns in the mid-70s. A very hot summer in 1976 saw a riot at the Not...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, UK, London, College, US, RAR, Britain, Elvis Costello, Birmingham, Public Enemy, Leeds, Enoch Powell, Eric Clapton, Nme


Tommy Lee talks Tik Tok fame, new music and Mötley Crüe’s postponed comeback

After Mötley Crüe agreed to permanently retire following a farewell tour in 2015, Tommy Lee promised himself he’d take a full year off. He’d spent more than three decades playing and partying hard on tour with bandmates bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, so spending time at home with family and friends sounded like a good deal. He nearly made it, but his basement recording studio ultimately beckoned him and before he knew it he was deep into making an eclectic mix o...
Tags: Music, London, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, John, Marilyn Manson, Bay Area, Southern California, Concerts, Trump, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars


'I loved the weirdness' – can Laura Marling's crowdless gig rescue live music?

The singer played ticketed livestreams from an (almost) empty church to brighten up lockdown. We took up a lonely pew to see if it could match the real thingAfter three months of shuttered concert venues, hearing Laura Marling’s voice eddy around the Union Chapel in north London is like being dosed with a vitamin I had been leaving out of my diet. It’s almost like hearing live music for the first time; a different kind of beauty than you get on a daily walk or a drive to a castle, something vivi...
Tags: Music, UK, London, US, Life and style, Music Industry, Culture, Laura Marling, Marling, Coronavirus outbreak


The world’s first Freddie Mercury museum is on an African island

Freddie Mercury Museum Zanzibar Stone Town, Zanzibar (CNN) — Down a small, narrow alley in the historic Stone Town neighborhood of Zanzibar, an old building beckons to visitors. Faded photographs are pinned outside the door while inside, a gallery of glossy pictures and old newspaper clippings lead the way to the room’s centerpiece: a black piano with an interesting history. Article by Lisa Cohen, CNN A young Zanzibari boy once played that piano. His name was Farrokh Bulsara, but you probably kn...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Life, India, Freddie Mercury, Muslim, Tanzania, Mercury, Unesco World Heritage Site, Zanzibar, Brian May, Rami Malek, Farrokh, Adnan, Stone Town


Money Diaries: Wie man eine Woche als Plus-Size-Model mit 11.310€ netto in Hamburg lebt

Willkommen bei Money Diaries, wo wir über das letzte Tabuthema sprechen, das Frauen von heute wohl noch haben: Geld. Wir fragen verschiedenste Frauen, wie sie ihr hart erarbeitetes Geld in sieben Tagen so ausgeben – und verfolgen dabei jeden Cent.  „Und, wie lange denkst du, kannst du das noch machen?“ Das ist die häufigste Frage, die mir jüngere Models stellen, wenn ich sie am Set treffe. Ich hoffe, lange – irgendwie aber auch nicht. Klar, man kann als Model die ganze Welt bereisen und wird rel...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Usa, UK, London, Berlin, Mit, Hamburg, Welt, Foundation, Luft, Himmel, Morgen, Nach, Arbeit, Trotz


Abbey Road Studios Reopens With ‘Extraordinary Measures’ To Record Jazz Album

The recording studios in London, which didn’t close even during WWII, had been shuttered for ten weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. Managing director Isabel Garvey: “Ordinarily we would have an 80-100 person orchestra, but we’ve reduced that right down to 40.” And the main jazz singer? Is “joining the sessions remotely” from Paris. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, London, Paris, Isabel Garvey, 06.05.20


Henry Rollins talks KCRW radio show, playing bad guys, and his favorite vampire and Wolfman

Henry Rollins is one of the nicest guys ever to be typecast as the bad guy. And that’s just fine, says the punk rock renaissance man whose CV includes everything from fronting the Rollins Band — and before that, Black Flag — to author, spoken-word performer, radio show host and movie villain. “With full honestly, I’m just glad for the work,” says Rollins, whose new movie “Dreamland” arrived this week. “Because I’ve not been to acting class. I don’t have a natural thing with acting. Lion cu...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, London, Movies, Australia, Los Angeles, Sport, Juliette Lewis, Uganda, Things To Do, Soccer, Antarctica, Henry Rollins, Laurie Anderson, Gypsy


London’s Royal Opera And Royal Ballet Return To Live Performance

It’ll be to an empty house, though; social distancing isn’t over yet. The Live from Covent Garden series, streamed over the Royal Opera House’s YouTube and Facebook pages, begins on June 13 with a program including a brand-new dance by Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and music by Handel, Britten, Butterworth and Turnage sung by Royal Opera soloists Louise Alder, Toby Spence, and Gerald Finley. – London Evening Standard
Tags: Art, Facebook, Music, London, Dance, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Wayne McGregor, Turnage, Royal Opera, Gerald Finley, 06.03.20, Handel Britten Butterworth, Louise Alder Toby Spence


Author Jim Ruland’s ‘Do What You Want’ offers all-access look at punk band Bad Religion

Author Jim Ruland is fascinated by the history of punk rock in Southern California. The area is the birthplace of noteworthy acts including X, Minutemen, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, The Germs, The Vandals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. “The story of Southern California punk rock and the way that it took hold here in ways that it maybe didn’t in other places like New York or London that have more infamous scenes … it’s interesting,” Ruland said during a recent phone ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, London, Navy, California, La, Virginia, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Bentley, Los Angeles Times, Southern California


When Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti Collaborated with Cream Drummer Ginger Baker

At the end of the 60s, superstar drummer and angriest man in rock Ginger Baker was on the verge of collapse. Strung out on heroin, deeply grieving Jimi Hendrix’s death, and alienated from his former Cream and Blind Faith bandmates, he needed a new direction. He found it in Nigeria, where he decamped after driving a Range Rover from Algeria across the Sahara Desert. (A madcap adventure captured in the 1971 documentary Ginger Baker in Africa). Once in Lagos, Baker started jamming with Afro...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, England, London, College, Nigeria, Africa, US, Jimi Hendrix, Algeria, Rolling Stone, Baker, Sahara Desert, Facebook Twitter, Trinity College


Led Zeppelin’s 2007 Reunion Concert Streaming Free for a Limited Time

A quick heads up: Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena is now streaming free ... for the next two days. Writes Jambase: "Founding members vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones shared the stage that night for the first time since 1995. Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, was behind the kit for the 16-song performance. Celebration Day, the concert film and live album documenting the one-off reunion, was rele...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Kashmir, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, Good Times Bad Times


No Rome – “Hurry Home” (Feat. beabadoobee & Jay Som)

Manila-born, London-based artist No Rome shares more than just a label with his Dirty Hit companions and frequent collaborators the 1975. He also has a similarly omnivorous approach to his polished, eclectic pop music, taking inspiration from both sides of the indie/pop divide, and you can hear that on his new single "Hurry Home." … More »
Tags: Music, London, Rome, Manila, The 1975, Jay Som, No Rome, Beabadoobee


BBC Proms Plans For This Summer Finally Settled

Well, mostly settled. “A virtual first night in July will see more than 350 musicians play together in a Beethoven ‘mash-up’ [of the nine symphonies] having each recorded their part from home. … The Royal Albert Hall will be home to live performances in the final fortnight of the season, starting from August 28,” with audience numbers to be determined by the social-distancing guidelines in place at the time. Meanwhile, the BBC will air specially selected archive recordings of previous Proms eac...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Bbc, Beethoven, Albert Hall, 05.28.20


Clare Torry’s Rare Live Performances of “Great Gig in the Sky” with Pink Floyd

When Clare Torry went into the studio to record her now-legendary vocals for Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky,” the centerpiece of 1972’s Dark Side of the Moon, neither the singer nor the band were particularly impressed with each other. David Gilmour remembered the moment in an interview on the album’s 30th anniversary: Clare Torry didn't really look the part. She was Alan Parsons' idea. We wanted to put a girl on there, screaming orgasmically. Alan had worked with her previously, so ...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Pink Floyd, Wembley Stadium, Moon, Alan, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Gilmour, Torry, Knebworth, Alan Parsons


Why the Eurovision Song Contest still matters in 2020

What would be left of the Eurovision Song Contest once wrenched from the spectacle and ritual of its annual Grand Finale in May? Could it survive, stripped of glitz, pyrotechnics, and camp, its penchant for ever-expanding excess? Would the legions of fans worldwide, who love the contest, retain their passion and return in 2021? Such were the questions that were real and not rhetorical when the European Broadcasting Union, the largest global broadcasting network and sponsor of the contest, reluct...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, UK, London, Featured, Sweden, Russia, Africa, Israel, European Union, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Verona


Owen Pallett Surprise Releases New Album Island

Owen Pallett has surprise-released a new album called Island. It's his first in six years, since 2014's In Conflict. The instruments are nearly all acoustic, and it was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Pallett originally wrote the album on an acoustic guitar, then conceived of them as … More »
Tags: Music, London, Album Stream, Owen Pallett, Abbey Road Studios, Pallett


Nur weil ich mich selbst an erste Stelle setze, bin ich keine schlechte Mutter

“Ich bin eine schlechte Mutter.“ Fünf Worte, die sich hinter dem Gefühl der Angst verstecken, es nicht richtig zu machen. Doch die Wahrheit ist, wenn es ums Muttersein geht, liegt die Latte extrem hoch. Zu hoch. Es ist einfach nicht möglich, immer alles richtig zu machen. Und Corona macht die Sache auch nicht gerade leichter. Wenn du deinem Kind in den letzten Wochen ab und zu Cornflakes zum Mittagessen vorgesetzt oder die Fernsehzeit deutlich raufgesetzt hast, bist du nicht allein. Wenn du gele...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Toronto, Bbc, New York Times, Chrissy Teigen, Kristen Bell, Welt, Mann, Auch, Teigen, Gott, Zeit, Familie, Waldman


An Archive of 1,000 “Peel Sessions” Available Online: Hear David Bowie, Bob Marley, Elvis Costello & Others Play in the Studio of Legendary BBC DJ John Peel

Before he became the most influential music broadcaster of all time on the BBC, John Peel had to become John Peel. Born and raised in England, he spent a stretch of his early twenties in the United States, working for a cotton producer (his father's industry), selling insurance, and writing punchcard computer programs before finding his way onto the airwaves. Hosting work in such locales as Dallas, Oklahoma City, and San Bernardino primed him to return to his homeland and take his radio ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, England, London, College, Bbc, Radio, United States, David Bowie, Jesus, States, John Peel, Mars, Billy Bragg, Bob Marley


Live Classical Concerts Gingerly Return To London

They’ll take place in an empty venue, though — the Wigmore Hall, where such artists as Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Iestyn Davies, Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida will perform for BBC Radio 3. “Twenty hour-long concerts featuring soloists or duos will take place at 1pm each weekday throughout June and will be livestreamed on [Wigmore’s] website and broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, London, Bbc, BBC Radio, Wigmore Hall, Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore, 05.12.20


UK live music and festival sector at risk of collapse due to coronavirus

Independent festivals group says 98% of its members are uninsured for outbreak-related cancellationsThe British independent festival sector is at risk of collapsing, with many cancelled events falling through the cracks of government support measures for businesses suffering as a result of the coronavirus crisis.The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), which represents 65 festivals in the UK, including Gloucestershire’s 2000trees, London’s Meltdown and Sheffield’s Tramlines, reports 92% o...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, London, UK News, Music Industry, Culture, Festivals, Sheffield, Music Festivals, Gloucestershire, Coronavirus outbreak, Association of Independent Festivals AIF


Bryan Adams apologises after 'bat eating' coronavirus rant

Singer had ranted at ‘wet market animal selling, virus making’ people in China in Instagram postThe Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams has apologised after an outburst on Instagram where he attacked “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards” in China for the source of the coronavirus outbreak.The 60-year-old shared an expletive-filled post on Instagram, lamenting how his planned performances in London had been postponed due to the health crisis. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, London, Instagram, China, Culture, Canada, Pop and rock, Bryan Adams, Coronavirus outbreak



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